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  • Spectacular Architecture and Design via Venice Beach, California

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    Modern home with pool

    Regardless of which coast or state, beach towns are most notable for their laid-back character and the rejuvenating time we spend there. It's somewhere we like to escape for an hour, a day or a weekend while we calmly listen to the ocean, maybe do some boutique shopping or have a casual picnic. Venice, California is no different, but in addition to its easy going style you can also find amazing modern architecture and design.

    Modern interior design with concrete floors

    Modern built-in furniture

    The Vienna Way residence (top three images) was designed by Marmol Radziner Archtecure. This clean-lined structure sits on a narrow piece of land in Venice, California which is why it was designed to use vertical space as well as the length of the lot. Floor-to-ceiling windows beautifully connect the landscape to the interiors as well as the different sections of the home. The single layer structure is a large room consisting of the entry, formal living and dining, while the double layer structure houses the family room, office and bedrooms. The kitchen is the connector and is distinguished from the rest of the house by sitting a bit lower and framed by a bronze box while the materials for the rest of the house are glass and charcoal gray plaster. To serve as a beautiful contrast, the doors are framed in a honey-tone wood. This house is stunning in every way, inside and out.

    Modern home with loft-style design

    Open kitchen, dining and living room

    Open kitchen with patio access

    The Broadway Residences include four loft-style homes developed by Stephen Vitalich Architects. They were each designed with an open floor plan to give them a loft-style feel. There's a double height living room with a super cool open kitchen/dining room. The interiors of this residence are furnished with lots of personality, including multicolor Mid-Century style dining chairs. The kitchen features simple yet elegant pendant lighting while seamlessly opening up to a patio area. The wood paneling around the entire exterior creates a warm and inviting structure.

    Modern architecture in Venice, CA

    Open kitchen with patio access

    Ceiling-high windows

    This sculptural style home almost seems like an art piece rather than a residence. Designed by Architect Daly Genik, this home was designed to block out the noise from the surrounding neighborhood while maximizing the amount of light and space. Minimal furnishings paired with ceiling-high windows create a very open and relaxing environment. Although minimal, the modern furniture makes a bold statement with clean lines and adventurous colors. The breakfast nook features fun over-sized pendant lighting and opens up to the outdoor patio for lots of natural light. 

    If you love modern design but have never thought you'd find it at the beach, then you should definitely take a trip to Venice, California. Who knows how many other homes you'll find just as awesome as these three...

    Images: 1 Kind Design, Decor DIR, Daily Home Design 

  • Portland, You're so 1890's.

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    Olympic Provisions restaurant design brick wall

    As I'm walking around Portland this past weekend I'm asking myself..."Are you really so 1890's?" Whether the 1890's are a fad or lifestyle, I think there are some amazing things that going back to your roots can bring to this modern world. And that's about when I saw the sign Hammer & Hand and had to inquire within. Bright designlab has collaborated with Hammer & Hand to create this amazing retail space and design studio.

    Industrial Building Modern Kitchen Hammer & Hands design studio

    Hammer & Hand is a Portland based design build firm that is very 1890's in their name and their philosophy, but very modern in their aesthetic. They have partnered with the interior design firm bright designlab on many projects including the creation of a modern custom cabinetry line called Imbue, that is on display in their Pearl District showroom. The fine craftsmanship and artistry is evident in every detail.

    Industrial Building Modern Kitchen Hammer & Hands design studio

    The gorgeous exposed architectural elements and reclaimed flooring contrast so perfectly with the modern metal pendant lighting and furniture in the studio. It's these layers of materials, details, and craft that create timeless design.  

    Industrial Building Modern Kitchen Hammer & Hands design studio

    You walk in and you feel at home. You want to stay and play and create. It feels very hands on inside this space and the work created in this lab is gorgeous!

    French modern restaurant and exposed brick reclaimed wood yellow cafe chairs

    The team paired up to create the quaint Nuvrei Patisserie next door. It's a true charmer! Something about it dragged me off the street and made me walk inside. I noticed the brightly colored cafe chairs, then the marble tabletops and beautiful table bases, mixed with the reclaimed wood, iron and glass, exposed brick and beams, and when I saw that yellow string on those lights....I thought to myself I have to go in and see!  

     French modern restaurant

    Modern seating, such as the bright colored chairs, make such a statement against all the natural elements.

    French modern restaurant and exposed brick

    So very 1890's mixed with something that is so very today! I like what the 1890's brings: integrity, fine artistry, and craftsmanship. Things that will stand the test of time and that is what sustainability is all about! Portland, thanks for bringing the 1890's back!

    Images: Olympic Provisions,  bright designlab

  • Beverly West Residences: Contemporary Urban Living At Its Best

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    Beverly West Residences and Los Angeles Condos

    Perched above the Los Angeles Country Club at a prime location along the Wilshire corridor, Beverly West Residences is contemporary urban living at its best! A new twenty-one-story contemporary condo tower finished with elegant materials, detailing and modern forms, Beverly West Residences is ideal for urban, affluent individuals and couples looking for the utmost in luxury living. (Without all the hassle that comes with a single-family residence.)

    Lobby area at Beverly West Residences

    Upon entering the building from the valet-serviced motor court, the lobby’s soaring walls invite residents and guests to view an impressive collection of regional fine art. After ascending the private, dedicated elevator to your floor, you enter a wood-paneled foyer, which leads directly into an expansive great room with spectacular views.

    Great room with expansive views

    Designed by Irvine-based Robert Hidey Architects, this condo is one of thirty, 4,000-square-foot custom residences in the building. On the upper floors there are five levels of full-floor penthouse living, at up to 8,200 square feet each.

    Gorgeous powder room at Beverly West

    Beverly West gourmet contemporary kitchen

    Wood gallery walls, limestone floors, slab-marble baths, wall forms defined by cove lighting, contemporary light fixtures, and floor-to-ceiling glass define the character of this contemporary interior design. A gourmet kitchen features a high-gloss cabinetry system accented by a monolithic stone island and countertops.

    Contemporary bathroom with expansive views

    Beverly West master bedroom

    The 375-square-foot master bathroom boasts gorgeous marble walls and granite countertops, a free standing bathtub, steam shower, waterfall countertops, European mounted lavatories, and a capacious walk-in closet.

    In addition to developing floor plans and interior architecture for all unit types in the building, Robert Hidey Architects designed rich amenities for all of the tower’s public spaces, including an exercise gym, conference center, and large suites, which are available to owners who need a remote home office or guest room. 

    Images: Michael Arden Photography, Beverly West Residences

  • Modern Sustainable Living in Echo Park by Sunia Homes

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    Sustainable home in Echo Park

    This gorgeous work of art stiuated in Echo Park is a modern model house built by Sunia Homes, a new company focused on building sustainable and affordable residencies in California. The architectural design, building materials and the furnishings create a sophisticated yet relaxed environment. What makes Sunia homes even more special is that they allow their clients to live a more sustainable lifestyle without needing a large budget to do so. Besides their good looks, each Sunia home includes solar panels, grey and rainwater harvesting systems, a wood pellet stove, a garden to grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs, and bamboo flooring.

    Sustainable kitchen design in Echo Park

    The simple materials like concrete flooring, natural woods and stainless steel keep the costs and the modern decor to a minimum, allowing for more open and useful space. In this kitchen/living room area, the contemporary light fixtures and ceiling fan accent the space beautifully without dominating. The fan also helps maintain that simpler lifestyle by cooling the home with natural air.

    Open shelving in kitchen

    Simple furnishings, open shelving and natural wood finishes allow the food to take center stage in this kitchen. As mentioned above, a garden to grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs is provided with each home promoting an organic lifestyle.

    Piping clothing racks

    Some of the decor, whether designed with the enviroment in mind or not, has a very cool and simple aesthetic. This piping used for hanging clothes is a hot trend right now and can be seen a lot and used with shelving units. There's even DIY's out there using this style of piping as inspiration. 

    Free floating bench

    The dark framing around the windows is of course functional in this sustainable home, but also the contrast looks great. This contrast paired with minimal yet colorful accents help this modern style decor come together perfectly.

    Smart architecture not only frames the landscape perfectly, but will benefit the homeowners as well as everyone living around them. Hopefully more home builders will begin moving in this direction. Sunia Homes is proving that sustainable living doesn't have to break the bank and it can look really hot!

    Images: Apartment Therapy

  • Coastal Cool: Create Your Modern Beach Home

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    Contemporary coastal elements and modern beach home

    If you have ever longed for the coastal aesthetic in your home because of its casual sensibility and natural energy, but you were afraid that your modern heart may get hurt, you should know that you can have both and create a modern beach home. No matter what decor style you may want or even a combination of more than one, there are certain steps you need to follow and guidelines to work with. Once you have a simple understanding of these, you can achieve any look you want for you home, even coastal-chic.

    Notice in the "mood" board above, not only are the furniture and accessory items important, but there is also a color theme. The color palette is pastel: blue, pink, mint, yellow and gray. Whether you are redesigning your home or creating your look from scratch, your first step should be colors. From your color concept you can begin to select furniture and accessories.

    Contemporary coastal furniture

    Start with the larger pieces of the room and work around them, so try to select the sofa and main seating area first. Coastal furniture is typically fresh, oversized and comfortable. The fabrics are usually simple, seen mostly in pale colors, all-white or stripes. Slip covers are also a big trend in coastal design. Typically, modern furniture is not oversized and is usually not comfy. When combining styles like modern and coastal, all you need to do is strike a balance between the two. Make sure the structure of the furniture is modern so try to shop for a comfortable sofa, but one that has straighter lines in the arms, back and feet.

    Coastal chic wall decor and window treatment

    Now, onto windows and accessories. When selecting your window treatment, make sure to keep it light and easy. The last thing you want is heavy drapery covering up a spectacular seaside view. Also notice the wall accessory in the image above. This beautiful mirror is fresh, modern and even resembles the sun. It's perfect for maintaining a style goal without making this home too thematic. Selecting both colors and natural materials that mimic the environment will help you create your beach home.

    Contemporary coastal accessories

    This buffet is whitewashed and antiqued, but notice the lines of the furniture are what keep it modern. The soft gray tone works perfectly with the wood paneling throughout this house. Keep you accessories fresh, like the white vase and delicate light fixture. Similar to most modern homes, minimal and open will help you achieve the coastal look you want.

    Contemporary coastal accessories and window treatments

    This bedroom is simple and comfortable with modern furniture selections as well as typical beachy accessories. Stripe is a popular beach home pattern so try to incorporate it either in the furniture or area rugs. The window covering is just enough to block out some of the light so you can sleep, but not too much so you forget where you are. Lastly, the pale blue walls and fluffy white bedding resemble the ocean.

    Contemporary coastal colors

    This room does a great job of tying it all together. Modern, yet comfortable furniture featured in pastel colors set against natural wood tones. The accessories and window treatments are light and simple. This space is perfect for lounging and taking in the seaside views.

    Don't be afraid to try a combination of styles in your home, there are never any set rules keeping you from enjoying more than one at a time. So follow your modern heart to the beach and create your own personal oasis.

    Images: House Beautiful

March, 2012