Curb Appeal: Bold Black-and-White Modern Abode

Located near Ventura Keys, Calif., this contemporary home turns heads with its bold black-and-white facade. As guests follow the path to the front door, they'll also find a vibrant garden tucked behind a retaining wall. And that's just in the front -- out back, there's also a large deck that overlooks the canals.

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Photo By: Nicole Franzen

Front Garden and Open Front Door

For this contemporary California home, a front garden full of succulents makes a stylish statement against the gray and white exterior. The walkway is made up of light-colored pavers, a place for the eye to rest.

Succulent Garden With Small Pond

For a southern California garden, plants with low water needs are a smart choice. Here, the succulents are laid out in a sophisticated, geometric design, juxtaposed with pavers, groundcover plants and a small pond.

Colorful Succulents

Succulents come in a gorgeous array of colors from deep red to peach to silvery green.

Front Garden With Succulents

The strong shapes and textures of the succulents in this home's front garden are a good match for the building's sleek, contemporary architecture. Groundcover plants are an eye-catching contrast between pavers.

Red and Green Succulent Garden

The color combinations in this home's succulent garden leap out at the eye against the home's white stucco exterior and pavers.

Succulents and Stones

Smooth stones and the home's white stucco exterior highlight the interesting shapes and textures of the garden's succulents.

Red and Green Succulents

The garden features a variety of succulents for their low water use and sculptural look.

Two-Story Waterfront House With Glass Walls

Situated on secluded canals in California's Ventura Keys, this home offers up serene waterfront views. New floor-to-ceiling windows across the back open up the house to its beautiful setting.

Patio Dining Area With Grill

In this home's renovation, the architect replaced walls in the living space with floor-to-ceiling windows, all the better to join indoors with out!

Gray Outdoor Sectional and Fire Pit

To help the outdoor spaces feel connected to the interiors, designers used the same color palette in both. In fact, the red lumbar pillow matches one found in a bedroom. Pillow: Amber Interiors

Gray Outdoor Sectional With Mixed Pillows

Pillows in a fun mix of materials and patterns are instant visual interest on the back patio's gray sectional.

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