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Aug 212012
 

This very modern residence in Israel manages to blur indoor/outdoor boundaries in a way that is both calming and quite spectacular.

The home, designed by Levy:Chamizer Architects, wraps around its outdoor areas offering plenty of leisure opportunities.  The impressive swimming pool is the focal point and each room opens up towards it with the help of large windows.  The open plan living/dining is the most spectacular zone of the house, with views towards not only the pool, but also to the lovely green area on the opposite side of the house.

I love the contrast between black & white throughout the house and the warmth added by the wooden floors.  It has a feeling of peacefulness with comfy beds  and front row seats to the pool.

Indoor/Outdoor boundaries

 

Source: freshome.com

 

 

Aug 072012
 

A Contemporary Los Angeles villa by Michael Lehrer captures the essence of the L.A. lifestyle.

This epic project was 13 years in the making. The owners, a retired businessman & sculptor, and his wife – a former landscape designer – wanted a light-filled dwelling that would feel as though it were part of the setting; a sheltered piece of land replete with old-growth trees.

Lehrer took the idea of indoor/outdoor living so essential to the L.A. lifestyle and interpreted it in a three-story, 13,000-square-foot structure with massive sliding and pivoting glass walls.  Doors and windows convert indoor spaces into true open-air pavilions. The living room has six movable glass wall panels, stretching 42 feet, which can be ganged in one stack, effectively making the room a part of the adjacent garden terrace.  A ground plane of Alhambra limestone runs between indoors and out, its threshold nearly invisible.

You can see the beautiful gardens and trees wherever you are.  The house frames the landscapes and allows natural light in, and the interior is soothing and comfortable.  Not surprisingly, the owners love of stone is evident throughout.

Contemporary Los Angeles Villa

Contemporary Los Angeles Villa

Alhambra limestone from Walker Zanger extends from the living areas out onto a capacious terrace shaded by a Chinese elm.

A gravel courtyard with a stately cork oak offers access to the residence on three sides; walls of glass, at left and right, flank a steel-troweled-stucco façade.

The sculpture studio is faced with custom-made paneling.

Massive flagstones lead guests from the front garden into the dining room, which in turn leads to the living room and another garden beyond.

The horizontal-grain maple paneling and the kitchen’s cabinetry, stainless-steel hood, counters, and sinks are all by Bulthaup, the cooktop is by Gaggenau, and the ovens are by Wolf.  Bontempi Casa chairs surround a custom-made dining table.

Italian-onyx counters and a maple vanity.

A tub with a picture window.

 The indoor/outdoor shower, surfaced in honed limestone and marble.

The master suite.

Another perspective on the master suite.

 

 

 

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Jul 302012
 

I’m just loving the neutral palette of Kelly Klein’s Palm Beach home.  The wood against white has a surprising calming effect and adds  just the right amount of texture to the overall  minimalist style.

Kelly was wife to Calvin Klein, but the two divorced in 2006.  She is a noted photographer and author (her sixth book, Pools: Reflections, a sequel to the 1992 bestseller Pools, will be published by Rizzoli next month). Working with David Piscuskas of 1100 Architect, Kelly built an intimate getaway that’s a perfect fit for her blissful new life.

“I wanted something a little Neutra, a little Ando, a little Bauhaus-y.  I knew in my mind how I wanted to live here—in an indoor-outdoor house, enjoying the breeze off the water, with the family always together,” Klein says. “I find that in big houses everybody is always in a different room, no one can find each other. I was going to build a really compact house. I call the four bedrooms my hotel rooms.”

Kelly Klein's Palm Beach Home

Kelly Klein's Palm Beach Home

 

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Jul 282012
 

Two architects transform an abandoned stable on a rugged plot of land in Extremadura, Spain, into an off-the-grid hideaway with an urban edge.

To minimize the impact on the unspoiled environment in the province of Cáceres, the architects — and owners of the sustainability-focused design firm Ábaton in Madrid — reused the stone from the old stable to construct their remote family getaway. Reclaimed oak doors and ceilings and recycled-steel beams contribute to the weather-beaten farmhouse appeal.  On the inside, the design is closer to a modern warehouse loft. Concrete walls, limestone floors, and patinated railings are telltale signs of this aesthetic. The loft bedrooms were converted from the stable’s original hay lofts and a minimalist kitchen feature a sleek countertop that extends into a dining room table. An interior courtyard and fountain pay homage to the home’s power supply with the help of wind turbines. Wintertime energy is harvested from two mountain streams and in the summer, solar panels do the trick. “We’re always trying to respect the environment by learning as much as we can from it,” say the architects.

Off-the-grid hideaway

Off-the-grid hideaway

Off-the-grid hideaway

 

Source: remodelista.com

Jul 262012
 

Embedded in the lush vegetation of Zimbali, lies SGNW House.  Designed by Metropole Architectsit is nothing short of spectacular.  This modern home offers details that inspire and amaze.

Koi ponds, water features and a rim flow pool appear to merge into one, and flow through the house into the forest.  The main bedroom suite cantilevers six meters over the pool below, providing protection from the weather on the patio and adding that “wow” factor.  Natural timber, off shutter concrete, water and natural stone cladding offset the clean architectural lines.  In the interior a daring mix of colors and decorating elements make each room more surprising than the next.

Everything “Zimbali” is done on a grand scale and the entrance to the house is no execption – “WoW”!

Zimbali

Zimbali

Zimbali

 

Source: freshome.com

 

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