Monday, December 8, 2008

Monterey Sunset

Growing up in northern California, Sunset Magazine became one of my favorite magazines. It still is today. I absolutely love the Sunset Magazine Idea House. It's better than a show house as it not only focuses on the interior design but the entire structure.

You will love Monterey Sunset as I call it:... Three connected buildings that make up the house are set on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. The area is evergreen with magnificent views. The house contains all the green elements you can think of and more. Above all the home takes advantage of its natural setting by bringing the outside in...high ceilings, outdoor living spaces, and plenty of views. If you missed it....catch it here.

This home incorporates leading practices in sustainable construction, including solar electricity, reclaimed lumber for framing and siding, tankless hot water, and a 20,000 gallon-capacity water reclamation system.

Reclaimed redwood is used for the siding on this porch...
The weathered copper lanterns are from Sea Gull Lighting

Wake up to warm floors with radiant heating. Don't you feel outside in this bathroom? Cherry blossom.. tile by Ann Sacks

Kohler’s elegant Serpentine Bronze vessel sink and Purist faucet

Organic pendant lamps add night light to a natural setting... are we outside or are we in?

Don't we all love open air dining, any time of year?

The kitchen combines sapele (an exotic African hardwood) veneers with textured resin inserts and stainless steel appliances.... black granite counter tops complement the wood to create warmth in a contemporary kitchen.
The circular island holds lots of storage space ... it's quartz counter tops are non porous
What a beautiful way to display wine... love the backlit cabinet and the black brushed granite counter

A curved wall, covered with gilded, hand-painted parchment paper makes a great place for a secret lounge

images: Sunset Magazine

Idea House Team:

Thomas Bateman Hood Architects
Travis Construction
Interior Designer
Joseph Hittinger Designs
La ndscape Architect
Bernard Trainor + Associates
charity partner
CASA of Monterey County


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Renee Finberg said...

wow, you have a lovely blog.
yummy for my eyes !!!

that porch !!....i want to be on it .