Waterside Retreats: Modern Home on California Canal

This modern home sits right on the canals of Ventura, Calif., and has its own dock with room for two boats. During the day, soaring glass walls fill the spacious interior with light and showcase all the boats that pass by, while at night, they become a sleek backdrop for the owners' patio and fire pit set up.

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Photo By: Nicole Franzen, Architecture By: Martha Picciotti of Picciotti Design

Modern Waterfront Exterior and Dock

The house sits right on the canals of Ventura, California and has its own dock with room for two boats. Every aspect of the design places emphasis on the view; the entire back wall is glass and steel with a large patio that extends to the water's edge.

Succulent Garden and Paver Walkway

Native plants and succulents make up the bulk of the landscaping, framing pavers in a mix of sizes as well as a pretty water feature.

Modern Floating Staircase

In the foyer, exposed steel acts as a frame for the floating stairs. Much of the art throughout the home is family heirlooms or was collected on one of the family's many trips.

Modern Living Room With Exposed Steel

The living room shows off the home's two-story glazed wall and exposed steel beams in all their striking glory. Floor-to-ceiling windows wraparound the space and intimately connect it to its canal setting.

Modern Dining Room With Black Chairs

A beehive-like pendant light hovers above the dining table, adding texture to the open concept layout. The entire back wall rolls away to join the kitchen and dining areas with the waterfront deck.

Modern Open Kitchen With Gray Barstools

The kitchen contrasts a concrete floor with warm, wood cabinetry accented by white walls and countertops. The slender, simple lines of the pendants and barstools keep the overall look airy.

Entryway Shelving

Shelves in the entry are home to a large collection of pottery, baskets and other finds from the homeowner's travels.

Black Powder Bathroom With Mosaic Tiles

Small black mosaic tiles take this powder room in stylishly dramatic direction. Against them, the brass pendant trio's elegant lines and unusual shapes stand out clearly.

Contemporary Den With Gray Sectional

Dark walls make the den cozy and intimate and are a gorgeous backdrop for a grouping of colorful artwork. The sectional's heathered texture pops against a natural fiber rug.

Contemporary Gray Master Bedroom With Blue Rug

The master bedroom shows how the design team paired the home's sleek architecture with warm materials like the plush blue rug and wood bed. Sunlight pouring in through the windows also has a wonderfully warming effect.

Gray Contemporary Bedroom With Wall Hanging

This bedroom starts with a neutral base—striking dark gray walls, a simple white bed—then layers in a myriad of interesting textures. The macrame hanging above the bed leaps out at the eye against the wall's gray. The bed has pillows and a throw made from patterned textiles in bold stripes and flashes of red.

Contemporary Neutral Bedroom With Red Pillow

This contemporary bedroom comes with a furry friend...on the wall, that is. Art is used throughout the home to bring personality and depth to the rooms. On the bed, global textiles contrast the sleek, clean lines of the nightstand and lamp.

Patio With Gray Sectional

Bring indoor pillows outdoors for a sophisticated look on a sectional or sofa. For this patio, designers positioned seating to take maximum advantage of the home's canal-front location. For cool nights, there's a fire pit!

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