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One of the most sought after locations to live is along the picturesque Pacific Coast of Southern California. Residences on either side of the Los Angeles Pacific Coast Highway easily qualify as "dream" homes and feature award winning architecture. The interiors deserve just as much praise, designed full of chic furnishings and beautiful accessories by talented designers. Let's take a look at just a few of these smart and sophisticated structures overlooking the Pacific.
The Blair Home (above), designed by Architect Bruce Bolander, sits on top of the Malibu hills with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Concrete and steel are the ideal building materials for this contemporary structure, while minimal furnishings keeps the space cool and open.
Some of these swanky coastal homes don't sit on the edge of a cliff, yet still offer a bit of paradise. Malibu West tract homes provide the ideal mid-century modern dwelling for a more understated way of life in this luxurious neighborhood. According to the L.A. Times article, the 200 structures were designed in both traditional and contemporary styles to give the buyer an option, but architects Nisan Matlin and Eugene Dvoretzky favored their contemporary designs. They referred to the open space plans as Post and Beam construction.
The exterior architecture is not the only eye-catching element of these beautiful PCH homes. This modern living room overlooking the Pacific provides a chic yet comfortable retreat for its celebrity owner. The modern floor lamp will clearly only need to be used during the evening hours because there is no shortage of natural light here.
It's hard not to get distracted while driving along the PCH with amazing sites on both sides of the highway. So, next time you are in the area, park your car and take a nice bike ride around this amazing neighborhood that stretches for several miles. There will be no shortage of striking architecture and you will undoubtedly set your dreams in motion.
Images: Homedit, L.A. Times, Jabuhu, Cardilas
Do you find yourself being drawn to shiny objects? Chrome finishes have been popular for quite a while and never seem to go out of style. They add a reflective surface to the design and shout - "I am modern!" When I think of chrome compared to other finishes I think - fresh, new, and modern. The silver hue of chrome can easily blend into any color scheme and is also a great color combination when paired with bright colors.
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A pair of Rudolph M. Schindler houses in the Inglewood suburb of Los Angeles have been remodeled and brought into the 21st century. Schindler, of course, is one of the icons of California Mid-Century Modernism, with well-documented homes such as the Kings Road House in West Hollywood.
These gems are off the beaten path a bit and it's wonderful to see them brought back to life in a way that respects the line and form of the original plans.
Each has a prim two-bedroom, one-bath floor layout, with an open, airy look that makes the modern furniture look right at home.
The house profiled in this LA Times article had changed hands but twice in 70 years and still had the original doors and windows and contemporary lighting fixtures.
What's neat is that both houses sit side by side, right next to each other. In addition to the pair of homes, there is another Schindler house just down the street!
Images: The Los Angeles Times
This colorful illustration depicts the most exclusive community in Malibu, California - The Malibu Colony. Centrally located, near shops and restaurants, The Colony is a gated community in Malibu which is home to many Hollywood celebrities and executives. It was one of the first areas inhabited after Malibu became open to the public in 1929. Carpenters from Hollywood studios were hired to build cottages for celebrities, like Bing Crosby and Gary Cooper. At that time, this area was called "Malibu Beach Motion Picture Colony." Today, there are about 120 homes within this famous gated community, 80 of which are located right on the beach.
Designed and built to benefit from breathtaking ocean views, these pricey homes are unique in both their architecture and their interior design. One thing is consistent though, the coastal scenery is like something straight out of the movies.
Beautifully designed, this space is accented perfectly to incorporate the seaside color palette. The silver table lamps and blue glass vases bring a little bit of the outdoors in. The clean white furniture and white walls keep the space simple and clean, allowing the magnificent view to take center stage.
This super modern home has a low vaulted ceiling that guides your eyes toward the ocean and straight to the large window that practically doubles as artwork. The minimal decor and linear furniture help keep the space open and fresh.
This Mid-Century Modern style decor pairs perfectly with the architecture and wood-paneled ceiling. Magnificently designed with an entire wall of windows, it's no wonder this resident has plenty of seating in the living room.
Perfect for entertaining, this open living room has no shortage of windows. Minimal furniture, including super chic bar stools keep the space simple, allowing the view to be the focal point of this space.
There's no question, architecture must take into account its surroundings and it seems to be even more important when designing a home in Malibu. Each and every one of these homes has an incredible amount of windows, with most of them taking up the entire wall. What makes these homes so special is that even with such huge open windows, due to the exclusivity of this neighborhood, the homes remain private to those lucky few who are able to wake up each morning and have a cup of coffee while curling their toes in the sand.
Images: Malibu Complete, Mark Real Estate-Malibu
What isn't there to love about this beautiful island retreat located on the New Zealand Island of Waiheke? This home designed by Fearon Hay Architects with interiors by Penny Hay takes my breath and my words away. New Zealand is one of the most picturesque places in the world, so being able to capture the 360 degree views from your living room is a true luxury. Innovative architecture joins interior and exterior spaces through the use of canopy-like structures tensioned to the surrounding landscape. Although the architecture is rather harsh in its elements, the surrounding landscape becomes completely integrated with the architecture and the interior creating warmth and harmony.
The sunken sofa lies low so you don't miss an inch of the view. The lighting remains as flush as can be although track lights are a must here. This is a great solution for any home that does not have the space for recessed lighting. I'd be cozying on up in this little sunken haven and just enjoying what is!
Natural wood elements of the table mix nicely with the low soft leather sofa, metal chairs, and concrete floors creating a seamless flow with the gorgeous surroundings.
Can't you just imagine whipping up an incredible meal in this stunning kitchen. I'd write my menu and wine list right there on that chalkboard wall and cook up a meal with ease. What a perfect combination of elements! I love a decorative light over an island, so if I wanted to get playful I would swap out one of the standard fixtures with this glass monorail pendant.
Basic necessities and functional elements have been met with solutions as unique as their surroundings. The idea of keeping things out in the open and revealing their true beauty continues into this open bathroom plan.
I hear someone calling for a side table in this room! I think this concrete looking Fiberclay Ottoman is the perfect match!
Invite me over to stay...I don't mind bringing a tent and camping in the yard! Our canopy-like structures can meet with open arms!
I look forward to more work from Fearon Hay and Penny Hay in 2012!
Images: Fearon Hay Architects, Penny Hay Interior Architect
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