My 3 Architectural Favorites
California Beach Bungalow
With Real Estate I became enamored by architecture and interior design. I wanted to learn everything. I especially loved learning about the various types of architectural styles. After all the foundation of decor and design starts with the architectural style of our home. Fortunately, as we begin to see more and more architectural hybrids the lines between and around design have blended. We have the creative freedom despite what traditionally may not have seemed acceptable, to decorate as we desire...to a degree. In the following post, I'm going to discuss my three favorite architectural home styles, why they're my favorite and best ways to design and decorate. As a Southern California native, I tend to lean towards what feels most like home and you'll see what I mean. Here are my top three...
The Craftsman Bungalow is your quintessential California Beach Bungalow. Established at the turn of the Century by the Greene Brothers in Pasadena and gaining mass popularity quickly thereafter the Craftsman Bungalow is considered a Southern California staple.
The term widely associated with this architectural ornament is Arts and Crafts and if you've had a proper look you can understand why.
The exterior is characteristic of it's low pitched gabled roof. Lot's of finely decorated doors and windows with contrasting pops of color.
Most notably no Craftsman is complete without a porch that almost acts like a welcoming space decorated so precisely as if only to give visitors a glimpse of what to expect in the interior. With all of it's innate details the interior is in stark contrast to it's exterior. White walls, wood accents, exposed brick and coffered ceilings. It's simple yet warm at the same time.
Depending on wether you're into the bohemian beach Bungalow vibe or perhaps you prefer more of a cottage in the country, the interior allows you too follow your creative calling and design to your individual tastes.
Personally I'm into comfort and being so close to the beach I like the not too overdone classic bohemian bungalow interior. I would add rich colorful quality rugs, big comfy sofa's and throw pillows for added pops of color and texture. No home is complete without greenery, plants can give a blank space life. There we have the perfect California Craftsman Bungalow.
Mid Century Modern
A child of the 80's and having grown up in a Mid-Century Modern I may a bit partial to this particular style for nostalgic reasons. Nostalgia aside there is a lot to admire in this architectural beauty. Your Mid-Century Modern is quite the departure from your Craftsman Bungalow. The qualities the two do share in common are their Golden State roots. Although the architectural type can be seen across the nation the biggest concentration of the Mid-Century Modern is right here in Southern California, most specifically the palm lined desert streets of Palm Springs.
Established around the second world war and growing in popularity thru the mid 70's the Mid-Century Modern created a bit of a revolution that would evolve over the years and even inspire an interior design movement. Famously associated to American architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright. Admired for it's affordability, functionality, minimalistic design and timelessness this is one architectural treasure.
I like it's clean lines and simple aesthetic. I think of floor to ceiling windows, large sliding glass doors that open into an outdoor area equipped with pool and perfect for entertaining. A stone fireplace, often colorful decor, wood accents, sometime vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. It's modern vintage interior gives it a fresh yet rich feeling.
I know I mentioned comfort and comfort isn't exactly what comes to mind when referring to a Mid-Century Modern. For example the tufted, stiff, not particularly comfortable Mid-Century Modern sofa...we'll keep that in the 70's. Instead I'd opt for a simple fabric or sleek leather sofa, comfy and complete with soft feather blends. With a little creativity you needn't sacrifice comfort or compromise it's simple, minimalistic aesthetic.
This cozy, sometime grandiose in appearance Cape Cod is beloved by many Americans. Though mostly associated with the East coast particularly New England there is no shortage of this construction in Southern California. It can often be seen in new developments, remodels or renovations in coastal communities. Originating from early English settles and developed in the early 20th century this Colonial Revival has become a favorite among homeowners across the nation. Personally, I love its elegance, whether cozy or grandiose it's exterior embodies a type of grandeur or nobility in a contemporary, cool, fresh kind of way.
Cape Cod's are one particular style that have maintained their architectural integrity throughout the years. Unlike other home styles, even with modernization, (though they have slightly mingled with other styles, Cottage, Tudor, Bungalow, etc...) it's defining characteristics have generally stayed the same. With it's modest exterior some of the most distinct features of a Cape Cod are it's charming dormer windows, perfectly placed and extending out from it's steep gabled roof. It's symmetrical design and structure lends itself to a type of style and grace that's unmistakable no matter it's size. Cape Cods are most commonly painted and decorated in lighter colors, whites and pastels. For those with a proximity to the sea, you will often see deep navy blues or seafoam green with nautical decor. Walking thru the doors into the interior of a Cape Cod feels like a breath of fresh air. With it's open floor plan, high ceilings, white walls, clean decor and beautiful bright coloring it radiates tranquility.
My favorite space in any home is the kitchen. Although personally not much of a cook (something I would like to work on), I did grow up in a home where my Mom's happy place was in the kitchen. She loved to cook, still does.
By default, I've grown accustomed to and do appreciate a chef's kitchen. Often gathering around the island and having family dinners there, the dining room was generally reserved for special occasions or holidays. You'll notice the Cape Cod kitchen is larger than the average.
Equipped with an island that opens into an equally large living space this open floor plan has become increasingly more popular over the years and is perfect for family's or entertaining.
There you have my top 3 Architectural favorites! Share with me in the comments below your favorites and why!