dwell on design: baxter house

Today I am wrapping up my posts on the Dwell on Design homes I toured last year in LA. The show takes place this weekend, June 25th-27th, 2010.

I visited a total of six homes on the Saturday tour (there were another six on Sunday). If you were to ask my favourite it would definitely be a toss up between Casa Cuadrada and Baxter House. I apologize in advance for the number of photos I have for this one, however it is just such a fabulous home that I wanted to show you as many as I could.

From the minute I walked in I felt like I was arriving at my friends house. It has a welcoming spirit, it’s warm, comfortable and it has a “stay as long as you’d like” kind of attitude. This home proves that you can have a well designed, architectural home that is not intimidating and truly invites you in. The home is made up of several rooms (many of which are not shown), and each room is a treasure in and of itself while still maintaining a continuity throughout the house.

So let’s begin shall we?

Imagine walking through these doors everyday? Impressive Frank Lloyd Wright inspired double doors create a grand entrance with a floor to ceiling window on your left that looks street side and floods the entry with light.

The main living room of the home showcasing artwork, mid-century modern furniture and personal treasures.

The library with floor to ceiling storage and a metal ladder that circles the entire room.

The stunning kitchen that overlooks the exterior courtyard and pool area. A perfect place to entertain.

The main floor powder room with a vibrant floral wallpaper and mirrors on both walls to capitalize on the colour and pattern.

Spare bedroom with wallpaper and shelving as a headboard alternate.

Another spare bedroom, so simple and relaxed.

Oh how I love this main bathroom! Bianco Carrara marble in complimentary shapes and sizes, paired with walnut wood and plenty of glass to create a light and airy feel.

Exterior of the home looking toward the back of the house with a whimsical, life size horse sculpture watching over the pool.

One of my absolute favourite parts of the home is this outdoor casita. An extension of the upper level, these two private rooms over look the pool below and create a backyard oasis that allows you to escape, while not even leaving your home.

A closer view of the outdoor dining area and bedroom.

Lastly, the piece de resistance ~ the backyard, deck and pool area. *sigh* This outdoor area is absolutely heavenly. I would LOVE to walk out the door to this on a daily basis. Wouldn’t you?

Thank you for coming along with me on this tour of LA Eastside Homes. I have enjoyed sharing them with you! If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Dwell on Design show and take part in the home tours they offer, I highly recommend it. To get an up close and personal perspective of these homes is both inspiring and captivating. Thank you to those who were kind enough to open their homes and allowing us the pleasure of walking through them.


dwell on design: casa cuadrada

The third of four homes I’m featuring from my trip to LA last year is one of my favorite houses. I love looking at these photos over and over again. The Dwell on Design home tours are a two day event, approximately 6 homes on each day scattered throughout the Los Angeles area. It was one of the most inspirational experiences I have had during my design career and regrettably, only did the Saturday tour. Regardless, I saw some amazing homes. You can see the first two homes I featured here and here.

Perched on a hill, you can barely see this home from the street. After walking up the steep driveway I was greeted by the most incredible lemon trees. It was a welcome indeed and they set the stage for what was inside. Whimsical, personal, and confident with colour, pattern and texture, this home respects family heirlooms, art and mid-century modern furnishings. It’s fabulous and I want to live here!

The homeowners, architect Tom Marble and artist Pae White, embrace a modernism that honours tradition and history.

Collected knick-knacks, bright walls and furniture, mixed with artistic curation and illustrations by White, add a warmth and wonder to this home. With a central courtyard, each room is filled with natural light and cross breezes.

I absolutely love this design style. Mixing modern and traditional, old with new, colour, texture, art and collectibles. It shows personality and warmth while appreciating modern design and paying homage to the past.

Why don’t we all meet out in the backyard and gather around the upholstered ottomans, sip lemonade and admire the view. *sigh*


dwell on design: three trees

In an unassuming neighbourhood you’ll find this home nestled among beautiful trees. The woodsy lot prevented an addition to the home so architect Jeremy Levine decided to build around them. A testament to nature and an environmental awareness was at the forefront of the design build process. Every room in the home opens to an outdoor space with a sheltered tree.

The largest of the three trees welcomes you into a sitting area as you approach the front door.

The living area below with very simple furniture. With sculptural trees out every window, why would you need anything more?

The outdoor shower is the location of the second tree. Tall, skinny and magically embracing the blue skies above.

The kitchen below, so simple in stainless steel and white. Open shelving, looking through to the living room is repeated in other areas of the home as well.

The third tree is located at the back of the home. ‘Planted’ in a red painted concrete base at the lower walkout level, it grows up through the floor of the back deck right at the centre point of the doors.

Sustainable features of the home include: thermal rock wall, mobile sun screens, reclaimed lumber, passive evaporative cooling.

A simply beautiful home, embracing nature and the environment without compromising design.


dwell on design: hidden house

Today the first of four (out of the six) houses I visited last year while attending the Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles:

Winding through the hills in a cab on my way to this home left me feeling a little nauseous, however it was well worth it when we finally arrived. Nestled in a very private setting with a stunning view, this bungalow was renovated around the previous house, creating a house tucked inside another house. Rather than tear down the existing home, the architects at Standard built the new home around it and incorporated it into the new design. The additions wrap around the old building and create two courtyards. An inner courtyard connects the main living spaces and the second courtyard offers an incredible view of Los Angeles, while still feeling like your miles away from the city.

Some of the building features include: cork flooring, redwood cladding, sustainable cotton insulation, native landscaping and vegetables.

The living area with classic, mid century pieces and interesting art, both on the wall and hanging from the ceiling in front of the fireplace.
A pivoting door which extends the interior to the second courtyard and a close up of the beautiful floor.
The view.
Another art piece hanging above the kitchen island and a sitting area with fabulous sofa, area rug and footstools.
This bungalow is a very open concept design with windows all around to enjoy the view. It looks like the perfect entertaining home. Couldn’t you just imaging hanging out with all your guests around this lovely island?