For the front courtyard, landscape architect Gregory Lombardi went with a natural look, choosing plantings that will grow together nicely over time. To complete the picture, the homeowners requested a Japanese maple.
On the lowest level, a pull-down bed lets the family room double as a comfortable private suite for the homeowner’s son.
Neutral-toned swivel chairs by Kravet share an ottoman, creating a cozy reading niche in the master bedroom.
The boldly patterned Phillip Jeffries wallpaper delights the homeowner, who admits she would never have chosen such an assertive design in her previous abode.
A contemporary Avrett pendant and butterfly-print pillows lend a youthful feel to the breakfast area.
The dining room’s eye-catching abstract painting by Boston artist Trevor Watson reflects the surroundings in its high-gloss surface.
Hogarty used space-saving tricks, like stationing stools under the living room console to act as extra seating.
The classic trellis design of the Zoffany wallpaper and the handsome Barclay sink bring personality to the powder room.
Designer Nicole Hogarty orchestrated the view from the front door as a welcoming vignette that hints at the unexpected with the inclusion of the bright-red coffee tables and bulbous pendants. “There’s no foyer, so it was important for me to create a small moment there,” she says.
The Duxiana bed tucks into a headboard, with built-in nightstands and bookshelves, that separates the room’s sleeping and sitting areas.
The master bedroom holds a spacious sitting area, where a George Nakashima stool keeps company with a Holly Hunt sofa and Christian Liaigre table.
A broad window with a transom lets light wash over a cozy sitting area defined by tapered stone columns.
Along the scullery hall, the homeowner has a favorite niche that holds books and a comfortable place to read.
The kitchen is furnished with simple wood cabinetry and pale counters, with tapering stone columns that form a solid connection to the rest of the house.
A seating area in the kitchen features an Eero Saarinen Tulip Table.
The dining room, located in the open space next to the living room, offers comfortable seating to host lots of friends and family.
Wood, stone, glass, and an abundance of natural light define the living room, where a Dash and Albert rug delineates a seating area that includes Christian Liaigre sofas and Holly Hunt drum chairs.
Stone pillars along a hallway are just one way the natural world is brought indoors.
Tapered and notched rafter tails speak the language of Wright.
The house design includes bedrooms with covered porches away from the public spaces.
At this Martha’s Vineyard house, the deeply overhanging roofs, stone walls, wood colonnade, and ample windows were inspired by the iconic work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The dining and living rooms are separated by a low-lying, built-in buffet, which enables the fireplace to be visible from the dining table.
From the pool area to the back terrace, the house offers plenty of options to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
The theme of offsetting neutrals with bright colors continues in the master suite’s closet, which has custom shelves and cubbies to organize the wife’s belongings.
The bathroom off the pool room is marked by cheerful tile in a fun pattern.
In the room adjacent to the pool, Lopez chose a bright aqua woven vinyl rug to tie in with the primary color palette and also to evoke water.
Translucent sliding panels mean the prep area can be closed off or opened to a view of the fireplace.
The glass chandelier seems to float above the dining table.
“The window walls slide to the left and the right to connect the room to the landscape,” explains Hutker, who set the horizontal muntins high and low to spare the view.
A Warhol dress that the owner had in her closet is a perfect decorative counterpart to the modern stairs, which are fabricated from bronze, teak, and laminated glass
Granite slabs set into the grassy slope act as modern stepping stones.
A brise-soleil on the south-facing side of the house offers shade in the summer but lets warmth in during winter.
The entry stairs pay homage to the stone walls that are a big part of the Vineyard’s history and character.
Mindful that this is a beach house, the interior designer took comfort and durability into consideration, choosing a sofa in outdoor-rated terrycloth.
An assemblage of ottomans from the husbandâs former home were recovered to create a large coffee table for the family room.
The kitchen features built-ins and an island crafted by Kochman Reidt + Haigh.
A custom-designed dining table disassembles to become a desk or card table. Built-in bookcases give the room a dual purpose as a library.
Two families blended their lives and their belongings in this home. Designer Susan Acton helped the new husband and wife forge a sense of togetherness by mixing favorite pieces (his chandelier and her Elizabeth Eakins rug) with new furniture and accessories.
A built-in desk and a Ralph Pucci chair and lamp add the finishing touches to the son’s bedroom.
The Ralph Pucci bench adds a pop of color.
The master bedroom is a soothing oasis with artwork symbolic of the couple’s interests: floral for Beauchemin, ocean waves for Grassi, a sailor.
Innovations such as a rolling kitchen island make wise use of space.
A bird’s eye view of the living room from the third level.
A hallway on the main floor, flanked by rolling walnut doors and anigre veneer panel railings, gives way to an open-tread, oak-and-steel staircase.
Designer Lucie Beauchemin installed sheer curtains that filter in light even when drawn.
Architect Guy Grassi’s brick-and-glass design pays tribute to the adjacent row of historic homes, yet pushes the envelope of sleek, modern architecture.
A cozy book loft featuring floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves overlooks a living area with eighteen-foot windows that flood the space with sunlight.
The second-floor master bedroom is outfitted in quiet colors; French doors open to a private deck.
Plush sheepskin rugs from Overland warm the master bath.
Congenial swivel barstools belly up to an island topped with pale-blue quartzite.
Fostering modernity, the custom dining table is surrounded by sleek
chairs covered in faux leather; an iron and glass pendant by Arteriors hangs above.
The stellar layout assures the hearth, with its visually arresting biofuel fireplace by EcoSmart, is visible from almost any perspective.
The living room has a coastal vibe with its furniture, rug, and fabrics in varying shades of sand. “We wanted rooms that were simple and restful. Nothing that distracted from the gorgeous views,” says interior designer Jennifer Palumbo.
Artwork adds a spark of color to the living room’s serene palette of sea and sand hues.
Contemporary Bocci pendants and an organic teak bench from Andrianna Shamaris create a pleasing vignette in the foyer. The freestanding wall houses a TV on the living room side.
Beauty and drama merge in the master bathroom, where an egg-shaped sink rests atop live-edge, locally sourced cherry wood. Samimi-Urich chose the smoked-glass pendants because they suggest drops of water.
Sculptural floating wall panels separate the master bedroom and bathroom, adding artistic interest to the room and functioning as a backdrop to the four-poster bed. Suspended wall-to-wall cabinets provide ample storage.
A colonial-style staircase was replaced with this simple, modern design of iron and painted wood.
The dining room’s antique farm table is large enough to accommodate family and visiting friends. When illuminated, the sculptural wooden light fixture casts art-like shadows across the room. During daylight hours, large windows let in an abundance of natural light.
Steel and salvaged wood and soapstone come together beautifully in the open kitchen; reclaimed pumpkin pine forms the suspended shelves.
A neutral backdrop lets the homeowner’s art collection pop; a painting by Sierra Urich (Mitra’s daughter) hangs above an antique dry sink in the living room.
A rug of silk and wool anchors the living room space, where the focal point is a sculptural fireplace of concrete and steel. Floating shelves made from salvaged wood and a farmhouse-style coffee table add softness to the room.
The living room’s white slipcovers make for easy maintenance, while throw pillows add texture and color. The blue-velvet ottoman doubles as a stool when extra seating is needed.
The four-story, nineteenth-century Back Bay townhouse, converted
to apartments in the 1960s, has been restored as a single-family home.
The living room features two custom-designed brushed-iron and silver-leaf coffee tables, a leather daybed, a crescent sofa, and a glazed mosaic tile fireplace.
In the dining room, an antique mirror and twin sconces draw the eye to the cerused-oak sideboard.
Meeting the new owners’ request for a home that was “joyful and stylish” required gutting the interior and creating spaces, such as this first-floor living room, that are light-filled, elegant, and family-friendly.
With its mother-of-pearl wall tiles and a hammered-metal console, the entrance foyer sets the eclectic tone of the home’s interior design.
Appliances hide behind the cerused finish of the cabinetry.
The kitchen opens to the breakfast nook and a casual sitting area.
Cassina leather Göteborg chairs and a Ralph Pucci walnut and glazed-ceramic breakfast table create a comfortable breakfast nook that is set into a light-filled alcove window.
One of the two guest bedrooms features a hammered-metal headboard from Mexico and a South African metal beadwork chandelier.
The daughter’s bedroom is a riot of colors (reds and pinks are her favorites) and circles.
A reading nook in the hallway features a tree-like bookcase.
A second guest bedroom pairs a vintage chair with a contemporary lacquered-wood four-poster bed.
The textured silk wallcovering, a white plaster chandelier, floor-to-ceiling curtains, and a color palette of creamy blues and whites give the master bedroom a serene, elegant feel.
The family room’s reproduction oak plank desk is big enough for the entire family to use.
A novel sculptural swing is the focal point of the fourth-floor family room, which opens to an expansive patio.
The walls of a small powder room wear colorful tiles and Trove’s picturesque Fuoco wallcovering.
The sleek, open kitchen has a modern aesthetic that doesn’t trump functionality.
The dining and living spaces are part of an open floor plan, but the steps down to the living area help to delineate and give each room a distinct feel. In the dining area, Mario Bellini’s injection-molded chairs surround a sleek but sturdy Henk Vos dining table.
A modern L-shaped sofa perfectly complements the large corner windows, which nicely bridge outdoors and in.
The foyer is enclosed by sliding translucent glass panels that offer privacy, yet still let in plenty of natural light.
A small patio off the guest suite offers visitors a private area to take their morning coffee.
The street facade highlights the modern layers of the house, each clad in its own material.
Architect Stephanie Horowitz sited the house so that the living space opens up to the side yard to take advantage of the southern sun. The stunning modern design is a series of five varying-sized cubes arranged in a U-shape.
The Lio wall sconces in the master bath are by -Vistosi. Birkerts had the curtain made from Knoll Luxe’s -Millicent drapery fabric.
The Origami Wood wallcovering is a dynamic backdrop for the Parallel Bed with integral nightstands from Design Within Reach. The Helix pendant light fixtures are by Bec Brittain.
In the guest room, wall lamps from Urban Electric flank an upholstered headboard from Ligne Roset.
A lemon-yellow four-arm candelabrum from Dunes & Duchess in the guest room is an unexpected touch.
Hammered-gold wallpaper on the ceiling of the dining area adds texture and warmth to the room without being glitzy.
Ligne Roset’s sculptural Rewrite Desk is paired with the Clutch Dining Chair by Blu Dot in the children’s room; twin trundle beds wear a textured aquamarine fabric from Kirby Design.
The midcentury aesthetic is in full swing in the living room, where a lamp by Serge Mouille stands behind Ligne Roset’s Feng sectional by Didier Gomez and the Tati sofa table by Broberg & Ridderstråle from Asplund.
A colorful backsplash from Ann Sacks brightens the kitchen as do the brass pendant lights, with a black patinated exterior, by Tom Dixon.
A photograph by Massimo Listri of the Strahov Library in Prague is a nod to the clients’ Czech roots and a rococo counterpoint to the apartment’s clean lines.
The clients’ books and collections are displayed on the Ubiqua shelving system by Porada.
The Friday Lounge Chair by Zeitraum stands on an abstract, hand-knotted silk rug from Fort Street Studio.
The TV "floats" on a sleek stand that lets the homeowners watch from any number of vantage points but never interrupts the views of downtown Boston. A multi-arm, raw-brass light fixture by Apparatus Studio hovers over the Knowlton Brothers dining table (custom-painted in Benjamin Moore’s Mexicana) and vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar chairs.
Pilgrimage, a wall sculpture by Heather Allen Hietala, speaks to the homeowners’ love of the outdoors.
Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair turns a corner into a -mini-sanctuary.
The playful nursery sports an African motif.
Master bedroom walls wear a strié treatment in luscious blue.
A painting by Michael Hoffman adds a spark of color to the dining area.
Designer Kristen Rivoli took cues from Kathy Soles’s vivid painting Deep Water to form the palette for the living room and dining area. The homeowners’ own discoveries, like the gold and jade Thai vessel on the coffee table, bring a personal touch to the space.
A sonâs bedroom is kid-friendly but not babyish.
A powder room holds a custom vanity.
A breezeway connects the house with the garage.
The new home's shape says "barn"; while fenestration and amenities speak of the comforts of modern life.
The resurrected old Dutch barn already had the lofty heights and massive oak beams with a patina only time can impart.
A plush white rug grounds a daughter's colorful bedroom.
Barcelona chairs and upholstered Midcentury benches add verve to a serene master bedroom.
Artemide's Mercury ceiling lamp illuminates the fluid, cantilevered chairs and square table of the breakfast area.
The double-height living room's neutral color palette serves as a backdrop to dramatic artwork.
Rafael Barrios's seemingly weightless sculpture is a focal point of the living room.
In the living room, colorful twin cocktail tables by French artist Yves Klein are set against a lush white alpaca rug from Peru.
Alive with urban energy, Sigfredo Chacón's installation New York Drippings frames an intimate dining area with a round table and upholstered chairs and lit by a vintage crystal chandelier.
Fronting on the Chacón painting, a leather bench and a multicolor rug by Nanimarquina form the centerpieces of the house's main entrance.
Kitchen cabinetry handles mimic the window mullions elsewhere in the house.
The serene master bath boasts twin floating vanities and mirrored cabinets against Ann Sacks matchstick tiles framed in darker stone.
A persimmon-hued ottoman and lamp add spark to the living room’s neutral palette.
More than twenty-five scholar rocksâfrom palm-sized to seventeen feet tall are placed throughout the house and grounds.
The octagonal tower holds the master bath; glass partitions separate the oval tub from the vanity area.
A collection of windows surrounding the range hood pulls light from the mudroom into the kitchen.
The breakfast area, with its Knoll table and Blu Dot chairs, sits in the octagonal tower that is part of the addition.
Contemporary chairs surround a weather-worn trestle table in the dining room.
An unframed canvas by Doug Foltz hangs above a sideboard by Jens Risom.
The sleek living room has a contemporary slate fireplace.
The dining room holds a Saarinen table and chairs.
A Jonathan Adler desk and a Kartell acrylic chair.
The guest bath takes a dramatic turn with horizontal wallpaper and a black-and-white striped rug.
The designers cleverly chose a polished steel base for an Indian marble sculpture in the dining area.
In an intimate corner, oversize horizontal stripes on Bauen chairs play to a graphic cowhide leather Alhambra rug by Kyle Bunting.
The kitchenâs coral-colored tiled backsplash is in keeping with the homeâs concise palette.
Stephen Mueller’s buoyant watercolors, from Boston’s Obelisk Gallery, hang by the living room’s new fireplace.
The entry sports a rosewood-topped buffet by Holly Hunt, sleek sconces by Jonathan Browning and a colorful painting by Tristan Govignon.
The palette has a definite âwowâ factor, with crystal chandeliers, frosted glass, Lucite, mirrors and shiny silver chrome. âIt ups the glamour factor in a really beautiful way,â says Morgan Harrison of her fondness for reflective surfaces.
Gray leather sofas invite relaxing in the TV room.
Faux Carrara wall and floor tile wraps the master bathroom.
The master bedroom is an oasis of calm for the homeowners. âItâs great when you can make something beautiful but itâs also great when it doesnât overstimulate the senses,â says Morgan Harrison.
A calming palette of creams and blues envelops the living room, which gets a touch of extra drama from the glints of light bouncing off the starburst ceiling fixture and the convex mirror over the fireplace.
Contemporary accessories complement the foyerâs classic herringbone-pattern wood floor.
Chrome and yellow-vinyl barstools add sunny warmth to the modern kitchen, where skylights bring in natural light.
The dining roomâs silvery hues shimmer in numerous reflective surfaces, including an entire wall covered in antique mirror. The homeowners entertain frequently, so a large round table was of utmost importance to offer plenty of seating for guests and help ease the flow of conversation.
A recessed wall, covered with Greek Keyâpattered paper in a nod to the homeownersâ heritage, forms the master bedâs headboard.
The living roomâs low ceiling gets a visual lift from Venetian plaster, while a shallow soffit around the perimeter disguises utility wires.
Floor-to-ceiling maple millwork and bamboo floors bring a lighter tone to the husbandâs study.
A sycamore vanity rests on limestone tile floors in the serene master bath.
The architectural team turned a cramped stairwell into a gracious entry area by removing a wall and replacing the wooden railing with glass and stainless steel.
Natural wood and shades of gray, as in the dining room, form the apartmentâs color scheme.
The stairs lead from the main living area to a study, guest room and laundry room on the lower level.
The foyerâs warm walnut floors flow into the open kitchen.
The back of the living roomâs L-shaped leather sofa slides to orient the seating toward the view or into the room.
John Day designed a built-in for the master bedroom to hold a live-edge mirror, television and fireplace.
Lombardi created an outdoor oasis behind the house that recalls the ownersâ previous home in California.
The industrial feel of the deckâs open metalwork is softened by the spiral staircase to the patio.
At every turn, wide windows and a multitude of doors connect the indoors with the natural environment.
Stone walls, raised beds, low foundation plantings and lush shrubs create a sense of enclosure at the entry of the house.
The kitchen, at the center of the cross-shaped floor plan, extends into the glass-walled breakfast room.
Light floods the home through generously scaled windows, while the barn-like doors, painted in bold shades of yellow and chartreuse, stand ready to slide closed, buttoning up the house for privacy.
A carpet of faux grass gives the terrace its garden appeal. The striped chairs are from Terrain in Westport.
A long countertop with a built-in desk runs along one wall opposite the kitchen.
Dining chairs echo the kitchen’s red-hot hue.
The master bedroom was designed as the ultimate retreat.
The en-suite master bath.
Wildflowers are part of the overall natural landscape design.
Landscape designer Larry Maxim and the homeowners agreed on a low-maintenance plan that includes native shrubs, trees and flowering plants that provide color and textural interest in every season.
Red is the powerhouse that fuels the kitchen design, where metal cabinetry stands in contrast to many shades of gray, including the sleek stainless-steel backsplash.
The entryway connects the home’s two discrete pavilions.
Deep overhanging eaves temper the hot summer sun and help protect the Ipe siding from weather.
Creeping and wooly thyme between the cobblestones add softness to the courtyard.
The living room gets its modern, industrial feel from the wall of aluminum-framed windows and concrete flooring. Upholstered seating and a Chilewich rug soften the commercial feel of the flooring and define the sitting area, while the views bring in all the color the homeowners need.
Glossy white lacquer makes the kitchen all but disappear, allowing art and the occasional shot of color to pop.
The pontoon-shaped deck is an outdoor living and dining room that is as large as its indoor counterparts. The deck stands at a distance from the house, accessed by walkways from the living room, kitchen and master bedroom.
A fireplace set into the glass wall dominates one end of the master bedroom.
Cherry kitchen cabinetry, a fir ceiling and windows and a bright rug under the dining room table banish all hints of glassy coldness.
Elevating the house on steel pilings minimizes the structure’s footprint on the Cape Cod scrub oak forest and gives the house spectacular views all around. The space underneath the house has a sitting area for ground-level relaxing.
The tub in the master bath rests on a sea of smooth stones.
Stone floors, clean, modern furniture and timeless fabrics suit a house that serves up maximum drama.
Most of the kitchen is surrounded by windows; the one interior wall is tiled in glass.
A pipe railing along the upper bunk in a daughter’s bedroom sounds a creative note.
A ribbon of wood incorporates nightstands, headboard and shelving in one convenient and good-looking built-in in the master bedroom.
A glass slider separates indoor and outdoor showers in the master bath.
The modern house nestles into its landscape.
The Ligne Roset sideboard in the family room is new, but the chair is a vintage 1st Dibs find.
Tau Ceramica wraps the living room fireplace in style. The raised hearth accommodates wood storage and seating.
Building the deck only a few inches above the ground eliminated the need for a railing.
The pergola surrounding the home frames exterior living spaces while a third floor deck provides water views.
Architect Maryann Thompson cantilevered a soffit indoors and out to manage light in the dining area.
Design Group Italia stools from Herman Miller belly up to a kitchen dining counter clad in bleached, glazed oak.
The L-shaped bedroom was made more intimate and modern with a tufted, upholstered headboard, deep purple walls and green and lavender accents.
A Restoration Hardware chaise got a new covering of cushy taupe suede.
White marble and linens foster a sense of airiness and light in the master bath, which puts the focus on the surroundings, too, with its generous window.
A striking glass screen defines the kitchen.
The luxurious master bedroom has views of the lake and the inner courtyard.
Guest quarters have a view through glass doors to the stone terrace and pool.
An artful bronze-base table and a Baccarat chandelier lend drama to the breakfast area, where clerestory windows pull in additional light.
An art gallery and guest quarters occupy the lower walk-out level.