24th Street Residence is a minimalist modern home showcasing art display walls throughout, envisioned by Steven Kent Architect, located in Santa Monica, California. The clients are a Culver City are gallery owner and a musician with two young boys. The 4,950 square foot, five bedroom, six bathroom home highlights a stunning outdoor room, art display walls, recording studio and home theater that utilizes green building technologies. From the street, the residence is a series of overlapping rectangular volumes, each features varying materials and textures. The house is anchored by a three-story poured concrete stair enclosure.
The second floor cantilevers out, sheltering the main entry. This glass volume is shrouded with a retractable aluminum structure fitted with wood slats for privacy. The main floor is a large living space that opens to the outdoor room. They are connected by an expansive wall of glass multi panel sliding doors.
A Boffi kitchen is open to the dining/ living area with island seating for casual family eating. A giant floor to ceiling solid wood slab door recesses into wall to seamlessly join the main living area and home theater. The rolling door seals shut for sound and light separation.
Upstairs, the glass walled master suite and deck float over the outdoor room and open to the backyard pool area below. Glass wraps around the master bedroom and bathroom. A bamboo hedge provides privacy. A basement recording studio features a mixing room and soundproof room for live instruments. The house incorporates photovoltaic and hydronic solar systems, radiant flooring, Low-E commercial glazing, automated house controls and many other energy saving features.
Photos: Courtesy of Steven Kent Architect
We just received images of this net zero home that was designed by HMH Architecture + Interiors in Boulder, Colorado, for two environmental attorneys. One of the attorneys works for the Environmental Protection Agency so maximum sustainability was the only option. However, the environment wasn’t the only design caveat. The owners—a small family with two dogs—also needed a showcase for their expansive art collection of two- and three-dimensional pieces, and requested casual living spaces to accommodate everyday living.
The house was designed in three zones: public, private and the garage. An entry that functions as an airlock separates the garage from the public zone defining the entry as well as help keeping pollutants from entering the main house.
After interviewing several firms in the area, the owners chose HMH Architecture + Interiors in Boulder, Colorado, a firm that specializes in art collection-driven home design, to create home that would be a work of art in its own right.
A seamless integration of the environment, art and family life, the home is a sculptural plan with long, uninterrupted walls throughout to accommodate and complement the art collection. Windows were carefully sized and located throughout to optimize daylight and art lighting while sheltering the works from direct sunlight.
A living room designed for living. This great room area includes the kitchen, dining area, an open office for homework and telecommuting, a living area for family interaction, and a covered porch for eating and playing outdoors.
To achieve an architectural balance between high-concept design and environmental efficiency, the home was built with sustainable materials throughout, including more cost-effective stucco and metal for the exterior.
“The main goal was to build a house that didn’t leave a carbon footprint,” says principal Harvey Hine, who conducted energy modeling prior to construction, which dictated that the house had to be built with fewer windows than originally intended.
The window design was a study of transparency and heat control optimizing the ideal amount of sunlight to keep the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. With a 10kW solar intake system on the roof and a hot water solar system, the home produces 140% of its energy every year, and the homeowners sell the excess back to Xcel Energy.
No matter how sustainable or sculptural, a home ultimately has to be comfortable and livable, which was the top priority for this small family who wanted the home to serve as a social center for guests and entertaining. The great room includes a kitchen, dining area and an open office for family interaction as well as a covered porch for eating and enjoying the legendary Colorado weather.
An open office for homework and telecommuting. The result is an integration of the environment, living and art, customized for a specific family.
The house is bright, airy and acts as a backdrop for the art, the landscape, and daily family activity. The result of the integration of the environment, art, and daily family activity which has been customized for a specific family and location.
Photos: Courtesy of HMH Architecture + Interiors
Within close proximity to NYC art galleries and acclaimed Highline park, Turett Collaborative Architects transformed this four story, multi-unit Chelsea townhouse into a five story, single family residence with an exclusive open floor plan. The entire living area of this stunning contemporary townhouse is comprised of 6,500 square feet.
Townhouse architecture, often defined by a narrow width, demands a very smart use of space. Only 18 foot wide, this transformation was no exception. The challenge was amplified by a commitment to create space suited for potential art collectors who value living near west Chelsea’s famed art galleries.
A two story rear extension featuring a 20′-0″ high wall of glass was the design anchor for this gut renovation.
The stair design features waterfall or “sawtooth” oak treads and risers which cantilever over the painted stair stringer enhancing the perceived thinness of the stair section. Glass walls define the stair circulation zone at the lower two public floors, transitioning to a custom designed steel guardrail on the three private living floors above.
Horizontal bands windows at the 4th, 5th, and Penthouse floors help to bring natural light into the stair hallways making what would otherwise be a tight space appear open and airy. The stair culminates in a penthouse which is pulled away from the front and rear facades to provide landscaped terraces with panoramic views of the midtown skyline to the north as well as Highline and Hudson River views to the west.
Kitchen and dining areas facilitate many eating experiences, from the family meal, casual entertaining and more elegant events.
The glass rear wall allows unobstructed views into the rear garden from both the kitchen at ground level and the second floor living room. The patio area becomes a extension interior living space. It artistically frames an urban landscape that rises above the patio and changes as day becomes night, and the winter white change to spring and summer greens and autumn golds and reds.
At the three private living floors above the living room level, bathrooms, closets, and vertical chases “fill in” around the circulation core allowing for large full width rooms facing both north and south exposures.
The entire third floor is dedicated solely as a master suite with the master bedroom located towards the rear opening onto a landscaped terrace created by the two story double height extension.
A large walk-in closet gallery connects the bedroom to the master bathroom clad entirely in statuary marble. A glass enclosed steam shower and toilet compartment anchor once side of the bathroom with a full width vanity and mirror on the another. At the center, a free standing tub in white corian acts as the focal point for the bathing experience.
Turett Collaborative Architects collaborated closely with the developer, Magnum Real Estate, and real estate broker, Leonard Steinberg of Douglass Elliman, to envision a modern town home with large open floor plates and an efficient use of the lot’s limited width. Turett Collaborative Architects is a leader in townhouse renovation throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, NYC.
Photos: Courtesy of Turett Collaborative Architects
Meier Road Barn is part of an ongoing master plan designed by Mork Ulnes Architects, for an ambitious couple living on a vineyard in Sonoma, California. The project took place just 100 meters from the couple’s 1930s bungalow. The project brief was straight forward: provide large flexible spaces that could be used to store farm equipment, workspaces, collectables and an art studio. Eager to maintain the existing 2,475 square foot (230 square meters) footprint, the architects found new ways to use the older typology.
The main challenge became to create an ideal art studio within the barn vernacular. Inverting the traditional gable barn roof solved this by gaining the needed height, and provided the studio with the indirect northern light conditions.
An expansion of the project is currently under construction and includes an amoeba-like structure to house a dining area with an interior jungle, an aviary, bathroom pods, a swimming pool, and an amphitheatre. There’s also been talk of a hockey rink.
Transparent openings of different sizes reveal interior functions to people approaching the building. The light-filled artist’s studio, in particular, is in full view.
Photos: Bruce Damonte
Whether you’re hanging one large piece, a grouping of small ones or a combination of both, properly showcasing your art can be a daunting task. Artwork is such an important part of a decorating scheme. Because your art can be anything from an investment piece to a work of personal value, it’s essential to not only integrate your pieces with the right color schemes but to have the proper placement to create balance and harmony. Have a look through the photos below, as we have some fantastic tips on how to hang artwork throughout your home to make the process a little bit easier, and maybe even fun!
If you are looking for further inspiration, check out one of our past articles on 58 Stylish ways to transform ordinary walls into art gallery walls.
When you are grouping four or more pieces, one above the other, you should consider a vertical line, meaning that the art should be visually balanced on both sides of an imaginary vertical line. Too much ‘weight’ on one side or the other will make the group seem awkward and unbalanced. It is a good idea to make sure the art is similar either in color scheme, frame style, or subject matter to create balance and harmony.
Create a rustic backdrop for your modern art and furnishings with reclaimed wood. Adding chocolate curtains makes it appear as if there was a window in the room and visually frame out the space. A monochromatic color scheme and textured shag area rug helps to not detract from the focal point of the room.
Choose complementary shades for your walls. This abstract painting with tones of yellow and orange pops against the Galapagos Turquoise Benjamin Moore wall paint. You can achieve a similar look with abstract paintings from Saatchi.
This piece evokes a quiet, tranquil moment on the water. That feeling is exaggerated against simple white walls that allow the photograph to do the talking.
This painting is positioned perfectly — centered between the two doors, above the console — to create an instant focal point that allows the rest of the room to shine. The size and tone of your art are important. Choose a painting with the appropriate scale for your space, in tones that stand out and draw the eye in but don’t clash with the rest of the room. One large, bold piece of art looks fantastic against a neutral wall and furniture. A series of prints can make an impact too, whether they’re framed identically or have an eclectic mix of frames.
Art hung over a piece of furniture should not be wider than the width of the furniture, a general principle being that the art should be about 75% the width of the furniture.
Asymmetrical Placement. This is a great solution when you have a group of prints that aren’t necessarily the same but share at least one similar element, such as subject matter or color scheme. You can asymmetrically arrange the pieces so that they still achieve a nice ‘organic’ balance. If you have two larger pieces, try staggering them by hanging one lower than the other, so that top and bottom don’t match.
In the above scenario, grouping larger and smaller pieces helps to create interest and energy. The same is true for vertical and horizontal pieces in the same grouping.
Hanging pieces horizontally. Perfect for a hallway or sofa wall, hanging art horizontally allows you to achieve some volume without appearing crowded. For this scenario, an odd number of pieces is more attractive to the eye and is visually balanced; a normal spacing of 4-6” is typically recommended.
Here’s a no-fail picture ledge look: Combine a series of framed black and white photos in a collage format. Add a few tiny objects to the mix, and you’re done. Tip: Include a few extra-small frames in the foreground for depth.
The orange fabric panel slides to reveal a recessed TV. The “Wedge” fixtures, made by Belfer are 150 Watt tungsten halogen lamps. These are really all about creating ambient light, because their primary purpose is to illuminate the ceiling, for indirect lighting. Besides the little pool of light on the wall just above them, they throw a LOT of light out up and away from the wall. These are typically used in high-ceiling spaces.
Picture lights helps to spotlight your art and create vibrancy in the colors of the paintings.
Use a wall of picture ledges to display books and art for a fascinating and vibrant collage.
Nordic style loves black and white, and often includes creative vignettes of posters and photography. Picture ledges are the perfect starting point for a gallery-style wall. Tip: Install your picture ledges to one side of a wall when you’d like to visually divide the space.
Old marine rope and vintage hardware lever make for a cool, dramatic way to display an oiled canvas painting. This contrasts playfully with an ultra-modern chandelier and sleek Saarinen table.
Create a layered look on your picture ledge. Picture ledges are one of the simplest ways to add a personal touch to your home’s decor — and with maximum effect. That’s because despite their name, they can also be used as small shelves to hold decorative objects, art, books or even a collection of plates. And the best part: A picture ledge allows you to swap out photographs and decor on a whim, or with the seasons. Goodbye, blank walls; hello, curated art collection.
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Nob Hill Penthouse is a stunning modern project designed by Kim Hagstette with Maven Interiors in Portland, Oregon. The home was featured on the cover of Luxe Magazine Summer 2013 NW edition. The penthouse is comprised of 4,000 square foot of living space, designed for empty-nesters. This was a major renovation that took the better part of a year to complete. All the artwork and furnishings are new as well. The penthouse living room is sophisticated and inviting. The artwork was created specifically for the space and commissioned through Heidi McBride Gallery.
Art: Heidi McBride Gallery and Art Consultancy. This living room image shows how the right art combination and lighting can truly transform an interior.
This penthouse kitchen was completely gutted and remodeled. The view from the floor to ceiling windows would inspire anyone to spend a lot of time cooking in this kitchen.
This light filled living room is all about texture and shimmer. The artwork throughout was largely commissioned and sourced through Heidi McBride Gallery. The dining room table was a custom design by Made Inc.
The dining room table was custom designed by Bo Hagood with Made Inc. The artwork was a commissioned piece by an artist in Palm Springs named Downs. The art for this project was selected as a collaborative process with Heidi McBride.
This awkward room posed an interesting design challenge. This narrow space adjacent to the kitchen now serves as entertaining lounge space and boasts the most magnificent views in the home. The light fixtures were custom designed by Maven Interiors, and Made Inc. The glass shades were hand blown and silvered by Esque Studio. The tables and channel tufted faux fur wall was also a joint collaboration between Maven Interiors and Made Inc. The sapele mahogany wall connects to the kitchen and unifies the entire space. The television bracket is motorized and operated by a remote that allows the TV to telescope out and angle so it can be viewed from either the lounge seating or kitchen table area.
Detail view of the narrow lounge space. The light fixture, table and channel tufted faux fur wall were a joint collaboration between Maven Interiors and Made Inc.
This media room was designed with all the bells and whistles (hidden). The dark walls, ceiling and motorized blackout draperies help set the tone. The television wall was custom designed to conceal all the speakers, subwoofer and AV equipment behind twisted felt panels. All the high definition sound comes through without any distraction from visual clutter. The wall was custom design by Maven Interiors and the custom felt textile is by Moufelt.
This bed was custom designed for this project. It was a collaboration between Maven Interiors. Made Inc., and Moufelt. The custom felt headboard screen not only provides unique beauty, but it serves to provide extra privacy from the wall of windows in this intimate space.
The fireplace wall in the master bedroom exemplifies the thoughtful use of surface materials. From the hand patina on the cold rolled steel fireplace to the silk wallcovering, shiny mirrored bureau and highly textured wool area rug– the contrasting materials create an exquisite and unexpected combination.
Every home needs a surprise room. This powder room became the perfect small space to make a big impact.
Nighttime view of the living room. We love the way lighting transforms this entire home. The shadow play and shimmery effect that happens at night is an almost magical transformation.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour Photo
This stunning open glass pavilion house is nestled on the shore of Lake Washington in Bellevue, designed by Olson Kundig Architects along with interior designer Garret Cord Werner, lighting designer Brian Hood and landscape architect Charles Anderson. This 6,800 square foot home was designed for entertaining and displaying the clients extensive northwest art collection. The home merges the exterior and interior spaces to provide a seamless environment with the northwest landscape. Running down the length of the great room, is a dramatic center pavilion of 3,060 square feet, the focus of the architecture by Jim Olson that displays a grand thirty-five foot long dining table that floats on two pedestals, comprised of mahogany and nickel and ready to seat up to 40 for dinner. Underneath lowered ceilings on either end are two living-room areas: one as light as outdoors itself, surrounded by glass, next to a reflecting pool; the other darker, intimate, a fireplace, concrete walls, a bar. Outside spaces mimic the interior in function: living area with fireplace, kitchen, dining area, expansive lawn, long terrace.
The entire house has been designed for art and to display it, as well as to help the groups that support it: “We got involved with the arts organizations and McCaw Hall and the expansion of the Seattle Art Museum and PNB. And we lend our property for things like this,” states the homeowner.
The dramatic center pavilion is the focus of the architecture displaying a grand thirty-five foot long dining table that floats on two pedestals. The table was engineered and constructed out of reclaimed mahogany wood and nickel plated steel sections and may be disassembled to provide a flexible party space.
Natural materials were purposely left slightly raw – translating to an elegant but not overly refined space.
Custom made furnishing by Seattle interior designer, Garret Cord Werner.
Center console before the media room. Projector comes up from table to project across into media room.
Custom lighting and countertop by Seattle interior designer, architect, Garret Cord Werner.
Master bath featuring custom made traditonal Japanese sunken bath.
Japanese sunken bath in master bath.
Custom built vanity and mirror by Seattle interior designer, architect, Garret Cord Werner.
Photos: Benjamin Benschneider
This striking modern designed residence in Ancram, Upstate New York has been designed by HHF Architects and interior design firm Kathryn Scott Design Studio Ltd. The home is comprised of 4,000 square feet of living space, designed as a country house for two young art collectors as a retreat from life in the city. The architectural design reflects their desire for a simple, sculptural residence standing in contrast to its natural surrounding landscape. The four equal sized boxes covered with corrugated metal panels on the outside create a striking and unexpected home. The interior was kept minimally furnished with the focus remaining on the owners’ contemporary Chinese art collection. Access to the view of the countryside is carefully orchestrated and subtly present without dominating the interior, creating an introspective intimacy and highlighting the art within. Natural light pours though the openings in between the outer boxes creating a changing sculptural display of its own inside each room. The simplicity and careful selection of the furnishings are a reflection of the owners clear vision of their personal style.
Photos: Ellen McDermott
Creating an art gallery wall in your home to transform it into a stylish place to live is an ambitious and achievable design project, all you need to know is where to start. Surround your home with large collections of art and photographs that will add style and color to your walls. It always makes a big impact visually and can be accomplished even on a small budget, if you’re creative. If you don’t have any art collections for a gallery wall, try picking up some unique finds at flea markets, auctions, yard sales, craigslist and mix them with a few key pieces that you have purchased from a store or from travels. You can also use old calendars and magazine photos and frame them, or pictures that you have taken and increase their size and have them framed. If you don’t want to pay for expensive framing, there are plenty of inexpensive options such as using an old window to frame objects, check out one of our articles on Creative Decorating Ideas for Old Windows for some ideas. Have a look through our extensive collection of images for inspiration and tips on different ways that you can create your own art gallery wall. Don’t forget to let us know which one most inspires you and tell us why!
In the above picture, the art grouping helps to balance the tall photograph and help bridge the distance between the furniture and the ceiling in what is obviously a tall space.
Rules of Thumb for Hanging Art Work
- For a single piece of art, the center of the image should be at 56″ – 60″ from the floor, which places it at eye level. The larger the piece of art, the closer to 56″ it should be.
- When hanging two pieces of artwork, one above another, treat them as one large picture – find the center point between them and use the 56″ – 60″ rule.
- For larger pieces of art hung on the same wall, use a spacing of about 2″ between them. Smaller pieces can be hung a little closer together.
- When hanging art pieces above a sofa or other piece of furniture, the grouping should ideally be about 2/3 the width of the furniture below it. (For example, if an art grouping is being hung over a 60″ sofa, the ideal grouping would about 40″ in length.)
- When hanging artwork over a sofa or other piece of furniture, leave 4″- 8″ of space between the top of the sofa/furniture and the bottom of the art. No higher!
This art gallery wall was designed by Emma from the blog “A Beautiful Mess“. Her tip for designing an art gallery wall is the following:
Choose Art You Love. If you are planning to hang a gallery wall in your home, don’t feel like you have to make it look like anyone else’s. You can include original art, art prints, kiddo art, family photos, personal photo projects or even found objects that get framed in shadow boxes (if needed). Hang what you love and what has meaning to you. If it helps you to get choosing with your color scheme then pick your color story before you start purchasing art or printing photos. You can use the color of the photo frames to help tie everything together if needed (like how I used all black frames).
Here is another clever idea that Emma had to plan out her art gallery wall. She cut out the shapes out of each frame with poster board and taped them to the wall. This way they can be moved around for placement to get the arrangement that you are looking for before hanging your art and creating unnecessary holes in your wall. Here is her sources for where she found her artwork with the excepting of personal photos and Polaroids: a pug portrait made by Hope (Katie’s sweet daughter), prints from UO, Pretty Little Thieves, Clare Elsaesser, Lisa Congdon, Vivienne Strauss, Hands Workshop, Ashley Goldberg and United Thread.
Create a Theme. Themed walls can be appropriate in certain contexts. A nautical inspired art wall in a beach house incorporates found objects such as oars and decorative fish hangings in a blue and white color scheme.
Create an Eclectic Mix. Most gallery walls feature an eclectic mix of modern art, old photographs, small prints and random items. Our personalities are so multi-faceted that the gallery wall becomes a reflection of everything we like and want to share with our visitors. Anything and everything can make the cut in a colorful and mixed collection of interesting images and objects.
This photo grouping works well with high ceilings, bringing down the ceiling height as well as adding visual interest. When choosing a mat for photographs, go with a wider mat (more than three inches wide) in white or off-white for a crisp look. It will look sleek and contemporary in a gallery-like grouping.
Picture Rail Displays. Picture rails are a great way to display collections of small images or photos. You get the effect of the gallery wall without committing to one composition and many nail holes. You can easily rotate images by swapping out the frames only.
Create a Personal Space. A combination of picture rails, mirrors, and typography make for a nice arrangement that feels very personal to this family.
The living room is a great space for a wall art gallery. It’s usually the largest room in the house so it has big walls. So you can even cover an entire wall if you have enough materials. You can combine frames portraits with painted artwork.
A gallery wall looks great above a sofa. The horizontal furniture piece begs for large horizontal art above. A gallery wall allows you to create a large display out of smaller images for a fraction of the cost of one giant and expensive piece. Note the clean horizontal edge along the bottom that unifies and contains the collection.
You could also use more than just one wall. You can two adjacent walls from the living room for example. Create a cozy sitting corner and delineate the space with the help of wall art. It’s a nice idea especially if you also have a sectional that goes along those walls.
Draw Inspiration from your Gallery Wall. Gallery walls do inspire. You can start one above a desk/work area and center it around a framed memo board. The memo board becomes a constantly changing mini-gallery that fits in with the larger composition.
Have a Showcase Wall. A good gallery wall should be able to grow and grow without anyone being able to tell where it started. If you are keen on starting one, make sure you picked a large wall so you aren’t limited in your search for small and beautiful framed images.
You can mix and combine all sorts of various artwork. For example, you can display painting along with framed photos, DIY pieces and even posters. This is an example of an eclectic wall art gallery with a casual look and a mix of colors, textures, styles and designs.
The homeowner filled a gallery wall on the second floor by the staircase landing with vintage prints, Etsy finds and a skull.
Symmetrical Art. Achieve a controlled look with horizontal rows of identically sized frames. This approach is less organic and more architecturally minded.
Black and white family photos makes for a beautiful art gallery collection in the hallway and keeps memories alive.
By displaying artwork on a white wall you allow the elements showcased to stand out more. There are no distractions of any kind and the eye only focuses on what’s displayed on the wall. If you want you can also accessorize that part of the room with matching white furniture.
Larger Art Mixed with Smaller Prints. It turns out you actually do have one large-format piece of art to display above your sofa, but you still yearn for a gallery wall for some of your smaller images. Here is a nice example of how that can be achieved with a balanced and symmetrical arrangement.
The use of crisp white mats unifies a colorful gallery of framed pieces of art. The consistent band of color will also add height and width to each piece, allowing your eye to focus on each individual piece of art.
We saved this eclectic media room for last; it’s an impressive gallery wall that showcases memories of the family who lives here. What do you think, do you love the idea or do you find it cluttered and chaotic?
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This century-old Pacific Heights, California property is the home of David Fraze and Gary Loeb, who hired Sutro Architects to transform it back to its glory. The historic home built in 1897 had excellent craftsmanship and once contained servants quarters, passageways (to ensure the owners and servants never crossed paths) and workspaces both upstairs and in the basement level, which was all given a new identity, transformed into additional living spaces while keeping the historic character of the building still intact. The kitchen was once a prep space for the servants, but was too small for two men who enjoyed cooking. The owners wanted a space that was more casual and comfortable where they could relax and entertain friends as well as display their significant modern art collection. The home features traditional woodwork and details, the couple used inspiration from old Parisian apartments that have traditional spaces and have been renovated and decorated with modern art. Interior design firm John K. Anderson Design was brought on board to coordinate the 6,982 square foot home’s colors and furnishings. “What drove my part of the project was getting the right neutral backdrops for the artwork,” says Anderson. “We spent at least four months on the wall colors alone.” The vibrant artwork is electric against a palette comprised of mostly grays. Via
Windows were inserted to open spaces up to the jaw-dropping bay views.
“The existing woodwork was beautiful but very oppressive,” says the designer. “In the living room, the baseboard was tall, and it made the room seem low-ceilinged.” Anderson solved the problem by painting the walls, ceiling and upper and lower moldings all the same color—Benjamin Moore’s Smoke Embers—in order to elongate the room. Painting the never-before-covered woodwork took some panache, but as Anderson puts it, “You have to respect the past, but also make the home work for the clients and their needs now.”
The redwood paneling in the media room is original to the 1897 home. A contemporary chromogenic print by Dale Yudelman takes the room into the 21st century.
Although the rest of the house has references to the past, the powder room on the first floor is overtly modern. “We added this bath, and because it was a new element and not visible to the rest of the space, we felt we could go a little crazy,” says Loeb. The couple was drawn to Trove’s Auva wallpaper, which was recently selected as a permanent addition to the Brooklyn Museum’s decorative arts collection.
“This was once a very small, closed-off room,” says architect Stephen Sutro. “It was likely a nursery. By removing the wall that separated it from the stairs, we allowed light to pour into the hall and stairway.” The new open space gives the owners a place to enjoy a book and the view.
In the master bedroom, a picture rail molding gives Fraze the ability to display his art collection and the flexibility to change it easily and often.
The unique Xline tub by Agape features display shelves and is positioned to allow bathers to soak and enjoy the view.
Fraze’s upstairs study gives him a place to contemplate and build his art collection. Behind the desk is a piece by British artist Ian Davenport. The black-and-white artwork, made by puddling paint painstakingly on an oversize canvas, illustrates the unifying factor in Fraze’s collection: All the works are created using interesting processes.
Photos: Aaron Leitz Photography