With drop-dead views of the Manhattan skyline, this apartment on the 58th floor of a building manages to be both glamorous and comfortable. Designers Jim and Phoebe Howard used the movie Something's Gotta Give as inspiration. In the kitchen, the owners can enjoy their morning coffee with a view, on Pam barstools by Ligne Roset. Table by Janus et Cie.
"I love a glamorous bathroom," designer Marshall Watson says. He turned the master bath in a Naples, Florida, house, into a spa-like oasis with floor-to-ceiling windows, a Waterworks cast-iron tub, a custom vanity with crystal bars, also by Waterworks, and a crystal chandelier from John Salibello. Walls are Silver Satin in Aura by Benjamin Moore.
A pair of wicker sofas from Restoration Hardware suits the classical porch, which is just off the living room and overlooks Tiburon, California, and the San Francisco Bay beyond. "The view is what you live here for, so we knew we had to have a major porch," owner Kari Cusack says." Before we built the house, we went to Martha's Vineyard and snapped pictures of architectural features we loved, like big classical porches, along with details like white columns, eyebrow windows, and gambrel roofs."
Designer Carolyn Epsley-Miller decorated her Carpinteria, California home with a clean, crisp style. A Williams-Sonoma trestle-leg desk is positioned in front of French doors in the office the designer s with her husband: "We joke that no work ever gets done because we're either staring at the view or talking on the phone about how beautiful the view is," she says.
In a house designed by Martin Horner of Soucie Horner, the kitchen has a view of Lake Michigan. Two farmhouse sinks, from Rohl on the island and Kallista by the window, have an old-fashioned look. Faucets by Barber Wilsons.
Designer Peter Dunham and architect Scott Laidlaw transform a Mediterranean-style stucco house in Newport Beach, California, into a cottage-style clapboard. The deck sports vintage wicker chairs and offers a view of the bay.
In John Houshmand's Mexican hacienda, mesquite banquettes upholstered in Sunbrella wrap around the upstairs loggia, which has a spectacular view. The tables, made from mesquite slabs, were highway finds.
In the bedroom of a Markham Roberts-decorated house that overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca, northwest of Seattle, the telescope offers a closer look at passing ships. Pillows in Galbraith & Paul's Links, John Robshaw's Chiang Mai, and Suzanne Tucker's Sophie rest on a window seat cushion in Jed Johnson's Ikat.
Designer Amanda Lindroth keeps the bifold French doors of the great room open to the luxuriant greenery and a view of the sea in her Bahamas house. Coral stone was also used for the floor of the veranda, establishing a harmonious link between indoors and out.
In a Marin County, California, beach house, designer Erin Martin and owner Kim Dempster took the guest room ceiling up to the rafters and opened it up with a Juliet balcony. Linen curtains lined with blackout material let guests sleep late.
Soft, sandy tones in the beachfront living room of a Florida house designed by John Saladino create a flow with the exterior. Ceiling beams here and throughout the house are Douglas fir, adzed and stained gray. The sofa, a Saladino design, is covered in Montecatini by Chella Textiles and finished with a chenille jacquard braid by Kravet. A pair of Saturne end tables from La Forge Française serve as a coffee table.
In a Northern California house designed by Erin Martin, the master bath's trompe l'oeil tiles by Michael Duté frame the shimmering waterscape of Belvedere Lagoon.
"No need to rinse off, just come up from the beach and have lunch in your bathing suit," says designer Rob Southern, describing the indestructibility of a dining table by Weatherend and Laszlo chairs from Janus et Cie in a Long Island, New York, beach house. "This table is where people sit to watch the sunsets. And when it gets dark, the twinkling lights reflecting off the water are mesmerizing."
Opening off the family room in a Hawaiian house decorated by Douglas Durkin and Greg Elich, a poolside lanai is furnished with reclaimed teak chairs and tables, designed by Durkin to mimic Hawaiian colonial furnishing. "Because of the climate here – very clean and sweet-smelling, with no humidity – Hawaiian architecture has always taken advantage of open-air living," Durkin says. "So with my design director Greg Elich, I tried to create an old Hawaiian spirit here, as well." The durable fabric on the seat cushions is Chameleon in Copper Dome by Perennials.
With a breathtaking view of the coastal California countryside, this living room is an ideal spot to entertain. The multiple seating areas accommodate either a large or small crowd. Designer Suzanne Tucker chose warm colors for a cozy feel even on a foggy day.
A room with a view, and one dome echoes another — you can see the dome of Santa Maria della Salute just outside the window of designer Matthew White's Venice retreat.
Designer Carolyn Espley-Miller's vision for her Carpinteria, California, house was "of a serene, whitewashed house on the sea." The master bath opens to an oceanside deck. "It's very white and very simple," she says. "I wanted nothing to detract from the incredible view and the light."