Modern ExpanseArchitect Steven Ehrlich is a master of composition and scale, creating a very loft-like, industrial feel that remains organic and natural. The walnut furniture and built-in cabinetry, including the Tansu stair and the living room couch, was designed and crafted by David Albert.
Wide Open SpacesArchitects Frederick Fisher and Partners have designed multiple galleries and museums, as well as this award-winning Santa Ynez, Calif., masterpiece. The indoor ceiling rises up to meet the mountains beyond, opening up the view and exaggerating the height. Sliding glass walls erase the boundary between the outdoors and indoors, while always pulling in a lot of natural light.
Light and AirySeated in the living room, one can face the deck and lake, outdoors or the fireplace inside the room. Barnlike shapes with exposed trusses form the living area, and the soft white and wood color palette creates a relaxing environment.
Poolside SanctuaryThe 1,200-square-feet outdoor living space is inspired by neighboring hotels, like the Mondrian. With an infinity pool that drops off into the cityscape, the space floats above Los Angeles, which is a unique and rare experience for a hillside house. The color scheme of the oversized chocolate brown woven furnishings, cool blue water and fresh green grass outside are all mirrored inside with a fresh palette that bridges the transition between inside and out.
Sleek and MinimalWith a natural palette that echoes the bright, sun-soaked colors of the California desert and a climate that's comfortable year-round, the transition between this indoor/outdoor space is virtually imperceptible. Light wood ceilings add warmth to the space, while the all-white walls allow the furniture to take center stage.
Modern Tree HouseLocated in Miami, Fla., this rooftop outdoor living room combines traditional Balinese furnishings, like banana leaf chairs, with the modern, clean lines of the ceiling. Surrounded by tropical bamboo, palms, mangoes, figs and avocado trees, the space is the perfect rain forest getaway.
Malibu CharmDesigner Nicole Sassaman creates a Malibu estate great room that opens up to a pool and outdoor kitchen. The eight-foot-long fireplace is a long linear element that leads the eye outside to the incredible barbeque and kitchen area.
Seaside RetreatCutler maintains the formal interior quality, but brings in a lot of landscape and natural motifs in the fabrics. The mostly black and white color palette is accented with hints of red, but the real color comes from the ocean view seen through a wall of windows on one side of the living room.
Glass HouseThe 15-foot-wide front window allows for extraordinary views, making you feel outside whether you're in or out. A custom fireplace designed by Hertz is made from industrial aluminum scraps and a gas line hidden in the floor, while an Eero Aarnio bubble chair rounds out the view.
Stately Rustic StyleTo capture the feeling of Italian design, Cutler combines a formal antique dining table and chairs with comfy slipcovered sofas and wingback chairs. The materials used create a cohesive weathered palette, which makes the space feel like a 15th-century castle with stone floors and weathered walls. Elegant chandeliers, curtains and architectural archways complete the look.