Sophisticated and sexy xeriscaping is not something I thought I’d be sharing on Desire to Inspire but this Californian garden by TERREMOTO is not only environmentally sensible it references the area’s history and it’s fabulous. Think reducing your amount of turf space, installing drought-tolerant plants, and adding more shade elements to reduce the amount of water needed then think hot (no not temperature) and chic. It’s got it all.
Photography by Laure Joilet
From an old garage to a beautiful workspace Seattle-based designer Katie LeClercq has created a magical space for creating, a welcoming space for clients and friends and an inspiring space for photoshoots. Supremely practical and definitely chock a block full of ideas for kitchens as well as studios.
Photography by Kara Mercer
“Pacific House is an alteration and addition to an existing 1990’s concrete framed cliffside dwelling. It is exposed to the Easterly facing ocean and closely adjacent similar cliffside dwelling structures. We have replanned the dwelling, adding external amenity including landscape works and a swimming pool. We have also modified portions of the exterior building envelope including doors and windows, cladding, entries, external decks, facades and pergolas.”
A contemporary home with luxe finishes, clean-lined, beautiful and functional in a stunning but sometimes hostile environment. Pacific House by Alexander and Co.
The designers knew they had a gem in the rough. The apartment in a functionalist building was derelict but as they stripped it back they discovered a ribbed ceiling and massive concrete columns. Reconfiguring the layout the main public area is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that embraces its industrial elements while softening them ever so slightly for family living. Apartment N1M by Bratislava-based Benko Benkova.
Photography by Nora and Jakub Čaprnka
A slice of blue rises through this Slovakian home’s open-plan living, dining and kitchen. Grounded by a concrete plinth containing a fireplace and storage the steel stairs lead to a sleeping loft. Steel posts and beams continue the colour accent while blue doors lead the eye out to the view. Contemporary living with references to a more rustic past with exposed timber ceiling and painted brick. Atelier režiséra Strekov by Bratislava-based Benko Benkova.
Photography by Matej Hakár