Hidden Valley Residence is a custom prefabricated structure designed for an active couple as a vacation home by Marmol Radziner, located in Moab, Utah. Hidden Valley sits on an open, hundred-acre site punctuated by red rock formations and cliffs in the arid desert. The design of this incredibly designed 2,500 square foot, two bedroom, two bathroom home blends indoor and outdoor living spaces, with expansive decks that are comprised of 1,720 square feet, floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the expansive views, and an open plan.
The primary axis of the main house runs along a rock ledge, creating dramatic views out over the landscape. With three full sides of windows and sliding glass doors, the views in the great room proceed from southern (looking out over the rock ledge) to western (red rock boulder formations), and finally to the northern views of snow-capped mountains in the distance. The guest wing with an exercise room opens up to views of the boulder formations on one side and the mountains on the other.
The structure is comprised of 15 steel-framed modules that were designed and fabricated by the architecture firm’s prefab division at their production facility in Los Angeles. The building form consists of three main branches that cantilever out over a landscape of sandstone ledge. Deep covered decks provide shading, frame views, and link to a guesthouse and exercise space. A geothermal ground loop system coupled with a large solar PV array take advantage of the site’s renewable energy resources.
Photos: Courtesy of Marmol Radziner
Sun Valley Farmhouse is a beautifully modern vacation home designed by Signum Architecture, set in the mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho. Set on flatlands with expansive 360 degree views, this seasonal home was designed for transparency and shelter. Two, freestanding barn shaped structures, clad in Alaskan cedar with a rusted metal roof, appear both striking and at home in the landscape. The offset buildings each capture different views. The interiors were beautifully designed by Shawback Design.
Primary living and entertaining spaces fill the main building while the second houses a garage, shop and 2-bedroom apartment. A covered bridge connecting the two, encourages experiencing outside sounds, fragrances, and natural beauty.
Inside the main building, a great room with soaring ceilings dominates the space, aided by custom dark trusses that seem to disappear into the void. Floor to ceiling windows along the front wall of the room face large, custom doors along the back side. When open, the doors disappear completely into the walls turning the cozy living room into a magically lit indoor-outdoor space.
The fireplace and wood bin, crafted of concrete and steel, screen a neighboring house from view and focus attention toward the mountains. The resulting ambiance is one of privacy and remoteness in spite of proximity to the established community.
Photos: Joshua A. Wells, Alpin Photo
Bray’s Island I is a modern double height dwelling designed by Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects, located in Brays Island, South Carolina. The design for this stunning single family residence began and ended with its compelling site.
On a piece of dry ground between a pond and a freshwater marsh, the house’s site was ringed by a stand of unusually tall and thin live oak trees (which are typically more dense, thicker and lower to the ground).
The functional program called for a generous living/gathering room, kitchen & dining, a screened porch, and attendant utility functions. Instead of a segregated bedroom, the owner desired a sleeping loft contiguous with the main living space. The loft opens out to a covered porch with views across the marsh.
The beautiful stone fireplace that climbs all the way up to the ceiling has a built-in niche to store firewood, nice and handy for those chilly nights from the cool ocean air.
Photos: Courtesy of Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects
The Long Valley Ranch House is an incredible modern vacation home designed by Marmol Radziner, set on the crest of a grassy knoll in Mendocino County, California. The goal was to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the 160-acre property by siting the retreat in a careful and unobtrusive manner. The 10-module home forms an L-shaped plan, framing views of a canopy of mature oak trees to the south and east.
The main volume is oriented east to west and arranged in an open plan. The living room, kitchen, and dining room collectively open southward onto a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace and pool area. From the main volume, the master bedroom extends to the north, following the edge of the hilltop and ending in a private deck that takes in the morning light from the east.
Marmol Radziner is a full service architectural firm that provides architectural design, interior design, landscape design, furniture design, jewelry design and prefab. In addition, we provide construction services, as a design-build firm. We operate our own custom cabinet shop and metal shop. We want our collaborative design vision to be realized coherently and elegantly.
Photos: Joe Fletcher
When decorating your modern living room for Christmas, you don’t have to go over the top to get that Christmassy feel, just add a gorgeous tree and a few well-placed decorations. By nature, a living room is meant to be a special place to relax and spend time with family and friends. When decorating this relaxing space, try focusing on the fireplace first, which is usually the main focal point of most living rooms. Decorate the mantle with festive garland, stockings, wreaths, candles, ornaments and other holiday related items. If you don’t have a fireplace, make the Christmas tree your focal point and get creative with hanging your stockings, such as hanging them on the wall or from a shelf or even from a piece of furniture such as a console table. So this holiday season, spend time filling your living room with personal modern touches that will create a festive atmosphere to ring in the New Year. Happy holidays from 1 Kindesign!
These Christmas decorating ideas that we have gathered for you below will have your space overflowing with holiday cheer. If you are still looking for more holiday decorating inspiration, have a look at one of our past articles on Christmas decorating ideas for small spaces 50 Christmas decorating ideas to create a stylish home and Five warming interior designs for your living room this Christmas.
Go Sophisticated: Although the classic red-and-green scheme has dominated holiday living rooms, this modern sitting room proves that your existing color palette can inspire the prettiest of holiday themes. Black, white, gold, and gray mix together in both ornamental and everyday vignettes for a look that feels transitional and on point.
Use a Simple Color Scheme: A classic white living room can be holiday-ready with just a few cozy accents and pops of red. Crafty trees on the mantel and birch logs in the fireplace set a whimsical stage for bright red stockings and accent pillows.
Utilize Existing Shelf Space: Clear your display shelves and replace everyday elements with wrapped gifts. It will save you some room under the tree and add height to your Christmas decorations.
Use Nontraditional Christmas Decorations: Inspire awe with an outside-the-box Christmas living room. Display fruits and plants on the coffee table. Instead of a traditional tree, use small potted evergreens as festive bookends to a fireplace.
Modern metallic Christmas living room: For a show-stopping living room, you can’t beat a shimmering silver color scheme like this. A backdrop of gray walls is the starting point for the room, with furniture and furnishings falling into place around it…think shimmery velvet rugs, a plush sofa and accent chairs.
Add extra sparkle for Christmas with luxe baubles in shades of silver, platinum, pewter and chrome, piled high in a bowl or on a Christmas tree.
Contemporary Christmas: Create a modern Christmas scheme with a stylish Graphite colored Christmas tree. Make sure you keep the scheme warm with rosy colored fairy lights.
Raspberry and grey Christmas living room: Rich berry shades make a room feel warm and welcoming, but against a matte charcoal backdrop, this living room looks chic and contemporary, too. For Christmas, keep decorations modern, with a mix of pink, raspberry and purple baubles, contrasted against silver and mercury glass touches. Three laser-cut card wreaths create a focal point positioned above the sofa.
A classic green tree with red and gold trimmings would not have suited this all white-and-teal living room. Instead, a flocked Christmas tree with turquoise and silver ornaments looks modern and chic while still in keeping with the glamor and function of a traditional tree.
Make Your Decorations Sparkle: Dress up your living room with sparkling Christmas decorations. Vases filled with ornaments and a blue beaded swag shimmer on the mantel, while a frosted Christmas tree glimmers with white lights and icy blue and silver accent ornaments.
Brighten the Room with Citrus Colors: If your living room boasts furniture with retro appeal, create a playful and fun holiday atmosphere. A pretty, warm color scheme and playful accents like paper Christmas ornaments, polka dots, and a party-ready bar create a funky, vintage atmosphere.
Simple silver Christmas living room: This living room keeps it simple in its color scheme, decorating the tree with glitter baubles, frosted snowflakes, crystal droplets and twinkling white fairy lights. Try positioning a large mirror center stage, then group a collection of silver candlesticks, picture frames and small clusters of candle votives in front of the mirror.
Try a Unique Color Scheme: Punch up traditional red and green with pops of fuchsia. Introduce the color in small doses: a throw on the couch, ribbon on a wreath, trim around a lampshade, or even gift wrap on the packages. Here, miniature white Christmas trees are bedecked all in pink to bring the color center stage.
Create an elegant winter wonderland with trees that lend a magical glow to indoor and outdoor settings. The branches, dusted with snow and warm-white lights, look elegant on their own or can be strewn with garlands and ornaments.
Add Personal Touches: This year, spend time filling your living room with personal touches that transcend the trends. Fill mantel and tabletop spaces with your favorite scented candles, add looped greenery garlands to the fireplace and string another along your gallery collection of family photographs. Finish with a collection of tiny tabletop Christmas trees.
Sleek Scandinavian: For a sleek and airy look this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with decorating in a Scandinavian theme. The basic black and white color palette helps make the space clean lined and chic, which pops of red and green adds a dramatic contrast.
Bold bursts of fuchsia: Matching chaises designed by the homeowner creates a welcoming spot for guests to cozy up to the fireplace with drinks and nibbles in the living room; the barnboard-clad console adds a hint of rusticity. The cowhide rug with hits of shimmer livens up the neutral color palette, as do the bold bursts of fuchsia in the accessories and Christmas decorations.
Mix Contemporary and Classic: Keep your vintage Christmas decorations fresh with a few modern touches. If your tree is bedecked with antique bulbs, go modern by limiting your gift wrap to a few colors — such as chocolate and lime.
Add Pops of Color: Transform your neutral living room into a beautiful winter wonderland with a few bursts of color. Evergreen twigs and pinecones are an easy and natural upgrade for your mantel or coffee table, while an unfussy wreath becomes a dramatic focal point on an oversize mirror. Candy-cane-striped ribbons are an easy way to brighten snowy stockings.
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Highway House is the modern pad of architect Nathan Crump of Room 11 who designed this project, located in Dynnyrne, Tasmania, island state of Australia. This compact single level residence of 1,453 square feet (135 square meters), floats along the sheer slopes of the southern outlet, arranged as an east/west elongated box with all rooms facing North for solar gain, natural light and the expansive view of the Derwent River and the City of Hobart.
Living areas are shaded in summer by both the roof overhang and custom external battened screens that slide the full length of the Northern facade.
Accessed via a southern circulation spine, the internal spaces are divided into private and public areas by a central enclosed deck with a roof void to allow sun and breezes into the depth of the plan. A covered deck to the west provides summer afternoon shade to living areas. The two external decks that break the plan allow for a series of sliding doors and galleries of louvered windows to aid in natural cross ventilation.
The home showcases stunning views, plenty of natural light and lots of warmth with the use of lots of wood.
Landscape retaining walls are bluestone-spall filled rigid gabion cages that don’t require concrete footings and provide for natural drainage.
This lightweight timber building responds quickly to heating and cooling and is well suited to Tasmania’s temperate climate.
This Tribeca loft has been renovated to the highest standards, keeping a modern feel while honoring its industrial roots of exposed beams and bricks. Preserving and showcasing its original details and character, this beautiful 1,400 square foot turn-key home is the epitome of downtown New York luxury loft living, blending refined modern design with a cool industrial aesthetic.
We spotted this sensational loft listed for sale on Sotheby’s at $2,595,000, from here.
The light-filled living area offers perfect proportions for entertaining and features white brick walls, wide-plank solid walnut floors, high ceilings with exposed beams, and 6 large windows. Adjacent to the living room is a quintessential chef’s kitchen with a large center island, Calacatta gold marble countertops, stainless steel Wolf stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine storage, and ample custom cabinetry.
As part of the renovation, the beadboard was ripped out in the ceiling, which exposed the loft’s old rafters to open up the space. Sheetrock was placed between the rafters to help soundproof the ceilings. The exposed beams and the exposed brick were painted white.
The spacious master suite has abundant closet space, a dressing room, and a serene limestone bath with double vanity and high-end fixtures.
The master bath has Italian stone reminiscent of wood, to accentuate the ‘woodsiness’ of the rafters.
Part of the apartment’s renovation included creating a second room that can be a bedroom, den or home office. The doors leading into the room are frosted glass, with leather handles and brushed steel locks on the bottom.
The second bedroom of the home, now a nursery, was previously used as an office, seen here. The total remodeling of the loft, which was completed over eight months in 2008, cost about $500,000.
A large guest bath has a cool downtown feel with dark grout subway tiles, grey stone floors and a soaking tub. There is also a laundry area with a Miele washer/dryer.
Queens Lane Compound was designed with a rustic palette by Carney Logan Burke Architects, located along the Snake River north of Jackson, Wyoming. Mature cottonwoods, a pond, and several streams form the context for this residential compound. The main residence of log, stone, and timber draws its inspiration from early twentieth century National Parks lodge architecture, whereas the two additional buildings on the property serve as a counterpoint to traditional notions of the western log structure.
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For the shop/office building the client sought an unusual artistic statement that would speak to the present era while retaining a connection to the rustic tradition of the main lodge house. The solution still employs a vernacular architectural language with rough, antique logs as the primary material; however, by exposing and fusing the timber into an atypical two-volume framework connected by a transparent link, the shop building presents an innovative reworking of regional forms. A bridge, suspended by a steel rod from the truss above, links the upper-level deck to the office, and with a simple gabled roof and trusses of reclaimed timber and blackened steel, the rustic western tradition is both referenced and reinvigorated within a modern idiom.
The wine silo comprises the final addition to the compound and it stands adjacent to the shop. Because the compound lies in the Snake River flood plain, a standard wine cellar was incompatible with the building site. Borrowing from agrarian structures, the design team arrived at the silo form as an alternative, elevated storage system. In order to gracefully weather and blend in with the existing buildings and landscape the structure is clad in oxidized steel plates. The interior, inspired by a wine cask, is characterized by reclaimed fir woodwork and a spiral staircase that accesses carefully displayed wine bottles organized around the silo’s perimeter. The stair ascends to the roof where both the wine collection and views of the natural surroundings can be admired.
Photos: Matthew Millman
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