Seasonal Living Magazine’s Virtual Luxury Designer Showhouse

The secret is finally out! The first ever fully immersive 20,000 square-foot luxury designer showhouse, built entirely in the virtual world from the ground up, will launch on December 3, 2020 and we are an inaugural sponsor!!

Being brought to you in the pages of Seasonal Living Magazine, this modern luxury designer Showhouse house will never be built in the real world, but lives atop a real 20 acre hilltop estate in Malibu, CA, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Utilizing state of the art 4K rendering, you will be able to enjoy an immersive 3D walk-around experience, via your computer mouse, from the safety and comfort of your home. You will be able to zoom in and out and see every detail of the Showhouse, just as if you were experiencing a real world luxury designer showhouse!

This stunning 20,000 square foot virtual modern home will have rooms designed by 11 of America’s premier luxury interior designers: Carla Aston, Robin Baron, Arianne Bellizaire, Jeanne Khoe Chung, Gloribell LeBron, Ariana Afshar Lovato, Rachel Moriarty, Laura Muller, Veronica Solomon, Erika Hollinshead Ward and Michelle Jennings-Wiebe.

Because this is a completely virtual home, the designers have free reign to show you their most luxurious and creative ideas, unhindered by budget or product availability.

In addition, several of the rooms have multi-functionality built in. Explore the family room, and with a click, see it transformed into a schoolroom for homeschooling and virtual learning! Click to see the home office turned into a guest bedroom! And click to see the laundry room turned into a decontamination zone.


Don’t miss the zoom room, the principal suite upstairs (and its gorgeous closet!), the sanctuary retreat on the bottom floor, the live food farm in the 3 story solarium attached to the kitchen, and all of the other beautiful rooms in this virtual luxury designer showhouse.

Each room included product discovery details as well. Simply click on the dots to find out more about each of our products the designers used in their rooms.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPATING DESIGNERS:

Ariana Lovato

Instagram bio: Honeycomb Home Design, AKBD. Award-Winning Interior Design Studio | NKBA 30 under 30 | New Construction + Remodels | Certified Kitchen + Bath Designer | Central Coast, CA + Beyond

ariana lovato designer

Arianne Bellizaire

Instagram bio: Arianne Bellizaire. Build, renovate or decorate with confidence—even during a pandemic. Let us help you eliminate the overwhelm and enjoy the design process.

Arianne Bellizaire designer

Carla Aston

Instagram bio: Designed w/Carla Aston. Bold * Livable * Fresh | Interior Designer & Design Blogger solving design dilemmas | My work: #designedcarlaaston | Houston

carla Aston

Erika Ward

Instagram bio: Erika Ward Interiors. Relax, recharge, and be rewarded. Using our concierge-level interior design services, we help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

Erika Ward Designer

Gloribell Lebron

Instagram bio: Gloribell Lebron. Interior Designer | Virtual Interior Design
ASID Member | Simple, organic + fresh | 📍Miami, FL | FKA @knowhowshedoesit
Hablo español

Gloribell Lebron

Jeanne Khoe Chung

Instagram bio: Jeanne K Chung, CSC. Interior Designer | Storyteller | Design Trends | Multi-Tasker | Boss of @shopcozystylishchic | Occasional Blogger | A view from my iPhone

Jeanne Khoe Chung

Laura Muller

Instagram bio: Four Point Design Build Inc. Cliff+Laura Muller | #CleanFreshModern Interior Design/Architecture/Construction/Project Mgmt | Concept2Turnkey | Res/Com | Los Angeles #4ptdbMoments

Laura Muller

Michelle Wiebe

Instagram bio: Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID. Founder, award winning @interiorsbystudiom | Writer | Speaker | past HPMKT Style Spotter Emeritus | Wife | Mom | Chocoholic

Michelle Wiebe

Rachel Moriarty

Instagram bio: Residential Interior Design. So Cal🌞Interior Designer rockin’ color🌈 from my multicultural roots 🇺🇸🇲🇽🇵🇭to your design project! 🎥 HGTV 🛋 HPMKT Style Spotter 👘 Kimono Obsession

Rachel Moriarty

Robin Baron

Instagram bio: NY Interior Designer. 🛋 Providing a glimpse into my luxury interior design & furniture world. 👩🏽‍💻Designer, spokesperson, blogger. AKA: The Baroness
🎥 HGTV & NBC

Robin Baron

Veronica Solomon | Casa Vilora

Instagram bio: Believer | Mother | Award Winning Designer | HGTV Award Nominee | Featured In AD + Modern Luxury + Elle Decor | Design Mentor | Blogger

Veronica Solomon

 

Be the first to see it! Join all the sponsors and all the designers and the industry at large for the complimentary LIVE online VIP launch party on Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 6 pm ET!

Register on this link now: http://bit.ly/DesignerShowhouse.

The official tag for the event so you can follow along on Instagram is #SLDS21

We hope to see you there for the VIP event and launch on Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 6 pm ET!

For more information, please email us: inquiries@nafurniture.com

A big shoutout to all the participating sponsors! We’re honored to be a part of these standout global brands!

WARNING! A COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS IS ADVANCING…

One of the many ways we spend time as a family is to seek out culture and diversity in the beautiful City of Angels and the art scene is a burgeoning area of growth. As members of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), we have been looking forward to the new Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibit. We are huge fans of the Post-Impressionist and Expressionist artists and find much of our color inspiration from studying works of art from early 20th century Europe (Featured left, Vincent van Gogh, Oil on Canvas1889).

Thus, over this past weekend we visited LACMA for the Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibit. This installation chronicles the developments in modern art from artists in Germany as they traveled to Paris in the early 20th century. Below is a map of Germany and France which tells the story of how this French avant-garde art was being collected in Germany by private collectors who were less constrained than the museum directors at the time. Many of the new generation of Expressionist painters were moved by this new art.

 

The exhibition features “Post‑Impressionist, Fauvist, and Cubist paintings” including “Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay, and Paul Signac” and “the Expressionists, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabrielle Münter, and Franz Marc.” Many of these paintings are from the vast libraries of private collectors and are on loan to LACMA from major museums from the US, Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK. The exhibit boasts ninety paintings, 45 papered works and more than 40 artists and connects them over time as an “international movement in which artists responded with various aesthetic approaches to the work of modern masters.” Pictured below left, is Nude by Christian Rohlfs, an example of German expressionism influenced greatly by Van Gogh and the expressionist movement.

 

Very well-curated, the exhibit sought to emphasize not only the works of art themselves, but also, the criticisms the artists were up against (pictured above, right). The written critiques were presented, tongue and cheek, as wall art – pictured below – large text which read “WARNING! A COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS BY THE… OBSCURE PAINTER PAUL GAUGUIN…IS ADVANCING SLOWLY TOWARDS – BERLIN. FOLLOWING ON THE IDIOT VAN GOGH COMES NOW GAUGIN. – AN ART CRITIC WRITING IN THE MAGAZINE DIE KUNST-HALLE (1905). You know you’re shaking up the norm and making the establishment uncomfortable if critics hate it.

(LtoR) Apples and Biscuits by Paul Cezanne, 1895, Harlequin and Columbine by Heinrich Campendonk, Red Eiffel Tower by Robert Delaunay

 

US!

It is an amazing story curated through time and through the works of some of the most notable and famous artists. We had a blast!

Custom Furniture – What’s Your Story?

Custom furniture, store-bought furniture, does your home tell your story?

Is your home just a crash-pad or a story-teller? Does your home convey your own style and personality, tell where you’ve been and what you’ve done? Home is a place full of endless memories told with photos, accessories, art collections and a decor that sets the vibe unique to you. So, how do you tell that story?

Custom Nathan Anthony “Bonn” sectional. Photo: Romero + Obeji Interior Design

Your furniture is like the lead characters in a play. It is usually the largest addition to the home and can carry the highest price tag. But, each piece plays a different role. Bold pieces, simple pieces, louder pieces, quieter pieces, hand-me-downs and antiques – they all shape the plot line and have a small part in shaping the entire story.

Where do you go to find the perfect characters for your tale? Custom furniture versus store-bought furniture, what’s the difference? There is a much wider selection and endless options with custom furniture. Upholstery is the best example. Store-bought upholstery is convenient and most stores carry styles in stock. You pay for it and take it home that same day. But, with store-bought upholstery, it’s likely that same sofa/chair/bed will also be in your neighbor’s home, especially if the local store is running a good sale. Your home will have a similar vibe to your neighbor’s (sad face). It’s like buying clothes at the local Target, yeah it’s great and convenient, but when you go to the football game, five people have the same shirt on! Buzz kill!

With custom upholstery, you’ll get to tell your story in your own way. You can select from lots of styles, fabrics, fills and finishes that are not readily available anywhere else. Because with custom upholstery, every piece is unique, especially at Nathan Anthony. A good example can be seen from the photo above. Designers at Romero + Obeji Interior Design selected a Nathan Anthony “Bonn” sectional, custom-sized it, changed the fills and selected white wood finish… the result- gorgeous and comfy! Best part, no one else has it! It’s a special process you go through when selecting styles, fabrics, fills and finishes all to your taste. Plus, upholstery that is custom made in Los Angeles, like Nathan Anthony’s, is well-built, uses the best material, tailored to perfection and long lasting.

Custom upholstered furniture may be slightly more expensive and take a little more time to make, but it’s totally worth it.  The ultimate luxury is to have something you personally select, made to order. And, it’s a unique story-telling tool that completes your home’s story.

Thank you for reading our blog! Please tell us, what story does your home tell?

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A Chic, Contemporary Mountain Retreat Using Pods

From time to time we come across a blog that is both fantastic and features us! Here is a blog by Tahoe Quarterly about a thoughtfully designed, mountain home renovation, using Pods and featuring our Model 41 sectional, enjoy!

Perfection By Pods – Tahoe Quarterly

Written by Sylas Wright

MODERN AND TRADITIONAL STYLES BLEND IN THIS THOUGHTFULLY DESIGNED MOUNTAIN HOME

The Grass family simply outgrew their first Martis Camp home. With prowess gleaned from the experience, the Bay Area couple embarked on their next project with valuable building savvy and a honed vision of their ideal mountain digs.

“It was a great house, but our needs just changed,” says Josh Grass, explaining why he and his wife, Anne, decided to build a different home within Martis Camp.

“I started to need a dedicated office, which [the first home] lacked, and more garage space. We also liked the more private, larger and expensive lot that we have now, but we did not feel comfortable with that purchase when Martis Camp was less established and when a second home in Truckee was feeling like more of an experiment for us.”

Upon settling into their new home after its June 2017 completion, the Grasses are delighted with their decision to build anew.

THE HOME BOASTS EXPANSIVE OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES, INCLUDING A PATIO AREA SHELTERED BY A LARGE FLAT ROOF, PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

The couple began by assembling a team. After interviewing multiple firms, they hired Truckee-based builder Glennwood Mountain Homes, Truckee’s Kelly & Stone Architects (KSA) and, in an unconventional move, an interior designer with another architecture firm—Annie MacFadyen of Truckee’s Ryan Group Architects.

“It was a bit of an odd situation working with designers from different architecture firms, but the project went very, very well with Annie and KSA together,” says Glennwood president Chris Abel, who served as the project manager. “We were able to put a team together that produced that house, which I think came out absolutely fantastic.”

Among the initial goals, the owners wanted the home tucked away from the road, nestled on the back end of the forested, 2.5-acre lot. The living spaces would face south, where a clearing in the trees opened views to Northstar’s Lookout Mountain.

KSA’s Ryan Marsden and Keith Kelly took the lead on the design. Working closely with the owners, they came up with a “pod concept” to separate the more private quarters and utility areas from the main spaces, one of which is an oversized three-car garage designed to house an assortment of outdoor toys—off-road vehicles, mountain bikes, kayaks, paddleboards and other various gear. Additional pods include the public space (great room, kitchen, dining) in the center of the home, the master suite, which is set at an angle to provide additional privacy, and a junior master bedroom. All the pods are linked by glass-lined bridge connectors.

“Ryan is kind of a master,” says Grass. “It’s very interesting working with him in the conceptual design phase, when you’re on Skype with him sharing a screen, and he just starts flipping things all over the place. You’re like, ‘Wait a minute, how did he do that?’ So that was pretty cool. Ryan and Keith had a really good feel for the aesthetic we had in mind. We really enjoyed the architectural design process.”

Some couples are perfectly aligned in their aesthetic preferences. The Grasses are not among them, with Anne leaning toward contemporary materials and Josh a more traditional mountain look.

And yet, with the assistance of the designers, they managed to meld their differences into a successful fusion of styles, which is evident throughout the exterior and interior finishes.

THE KITCHEN BLENDS CONTEMPORARY AND TRADITIONAL MATERIALS AND FEATURES A WEILAND PASS-THROUGH WINDOW TO A COVERED OUTDOOR SPACE, PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

“They had differing opinions at many crossroads,” says MacFadyen, “and I would catch what I felt were the important things to make the call and move forward with a little bit of what Anne wanted and a little bit of what Josh wanted. This is common, and it’s fun.”

The blending of styles is immediately apparent as one pulls into the front auto court, which loops around a landscaped, boulder-rimmed raised planter built around a large Jeffrey pine—a touch that softens the feel of the approach, Marsden explains.

The home’s exterior is clad in a clean and contemporary clear cedar siding, which received a gray stain to give it a more traditional vernacular. Pre-weathered corrugated metal accents the wood siding, which is set off by bold lines of jet-black steel—“like putting on a black belt and black shoes to complement a sharp gray suit,” Marsden quips. Grayish sandstone sawn by Reno’s Eric Schwedt Stone & Masonry adds another material to the mix.

An oversized door of stainless steel and black-stained alder ushers guests into the soaring great room, which slopes gently from 17 feet overhead to 19 feet over the mostly glass wall opposite the entry. A large black I-beam runs the length of the room. The beam was designed not only to split the great-room spaces visually, but also to bring the exterior materials inside and provide crucial structural support for a portion of the upper floor and roof.

A LARGE BLACK I-BEAM RUNS THE LENGTH OF THE GREAT ROOM, SPLITTING THE LIVING ROOM FROM THE KITCHEN AND DINING AREAS WHILE PROVIDING CRUCIAL STRUCTURAL SUPPORT FOR A PORTION OF THE UPPER FLOOR AND ROOF. A GIANT NATHAN ANTHONY SECTIONAL COUCH HELPS DEFINE THE SPACE, PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

“That is a dramatic element, and we are happy with how it turned out,” says Grass. “It was a big choice whether to put in a post or a beam. Something has to hold up that corner of the second floor, and you have two choices, unless you want to go with an insanely expensive cantilever sort of option. So we chose the beam, because a post in the middle of that room would feel intrusive to the flow.”

On the living room side of the I-beam, a black metal-paneled fireplace towers over a giant Nathan Anthony sectional couch. The exterior materials repeat here, with the fireplace flanked on one side by the gray-stained cedar and on the other by the gray sandstone that is interspersed throughout the home.

Left of the beam from the main entry, the dining space is defined by a custom walnut table and pendant light running parallel to a glass Andersen slider door. A covered outdoor fire pit and seating area beckons from just beyond the glass. Past the dining room, the kitchen breaks up the vaulted space under a lower section of ceiling.

AN ASYMMETRICAL FIREPLACE DESIGNED BY KSA TOWERS OVER THE GREAT ROOM, PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

Modern and traditional materials blend throughout this grand public space. Metal and rock mix with bright white Caesarstone kitchen countertops and walls, which reside harmoniously amid richly grained hickory wood floors by Truckee’s Bassett Flooring, dark walnut cabinetry from S&S Millworks and lighter hemlock ceilings from Caseywood Corporation. It’s another testament to the owners’ merging of tastes.

“I didn’t want it to feel like a beach house in Malibu; I wanted to keep some of the warmer wood elements,” says Grass, who argued against his wife’s preference for concrete floors. “I think we found a happy medium where it doesn’t feel like a beach house, but it has some really clean, cool lines to it. We figured out how to find the right balance there.”

While the fireplace takes center stage in the living room, a custom floating staircase on the far side of the great room is the focal point of the interior. The stairs, designed by the KSA team, express each of the main materials used in the home—wood in the form of hefty PSL block treads, steel in the stringers and grip rails, and glass railings. The staircase is set off by an adjoining wall of the sawn sandstone.

BEYOND THE DINING AREA IN THE GREAT ROOM, A CUSTOM STAIRCASE DESIGNED BY KSA SERVES AS THE FOCAL POINT OF THE INTERIOR, PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

The upstairs houses two south-facing bedrooms with stellar views to Northstar, including a bunk room accessed by one of the home’s glass-lined bridges, as well as a multi-function art/media/play room. Another glass connector leads from the garage to the public space, off of which are a laundry room and separate mudroom with lockers and a bench. The front auto court, great room and the glass bridge leading to the master suite are all in clear view as one walks down the windowed corridor from the garage.

“I think the bridge connector language was really successful,” Marsden says. “As you circulate from one spot of the house to another, you pass these transparent bridge elements everywhere you go. Not only does that bring light into those hallways and transparency, but it creates visual cues that one is transitioning from public to private spaces, and vice versa.”

The owners and their team agree that the master suite is among the prize areas of the home.

Linked by a glass bridge from the great room, the master pod is shifted westward, away from the extensive outdoor living spaces in back of the home and toward a densely forested portion of the lot. A door along the passage leads to a covered outdoor nook and hot tub on the back patio. A powder room is located just inside the door. The end of the hall swings left into the master bedroom or right into an office, which includes a Murphy bed that folds out of the wall and its own door out to the front auto court.

“One of Josh’s goals with the master suite was having his office close by, so we made that part of the master pod on the north side to help buffer the master from the auto court and give it some privacy,” says Marsden. “But what’s also nice is he has a door out to the auto court. That way, if he needed to get to the garage quickly or had people coming over for a meeting, he has easy access.”

The master bedroom does not eat up a ton of square footage. It is lofty, however. And while a strip of windows high on the south wall lets in natural light during the day (similar to the high living room windows), the upper portion of the room would remain dark at night if not for MacFadyen. To counteract the dark void, MacFadyen suggested placing lights facing upward above the master bed (as well as in the living room) that splash light onto the ceiling.

“That was something where the owner wasn’t convinced. I encouraged them to trust me,” MacFadyen says. “We were all glad we did it, because it really lightens up that ceiling.”

A COVERED PATIO STEPS DOWN TO A CIRCULAR STONE TERRACE AND FIRE PIT BORDERED BY LANDSCAPING FROM TRUCKEE’S ROCK & ROSE, INC., PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

While the entire design and build was a success, the owners and their team perhaps rave most about the outdoor living areas off the back of the home.

“We really liked the back of that lot and we saw a huge potential for a covered outdoor sitting area, which we kind of missed on our first house,” says Grass. “We felt like we needed a big outdoor area that was covered, because in the summer the sun is so intense at 6,000 feet, and then if it’s snowing out, you’re always having to clean it off. So we really enjoy that part of the house.”

Off the living room, a wall of Weiland lift-and-slide doors open to a sprawling stone patio.

To the right is the covered hot tub nook, and beyond that a separate covered seating area off the master bedroom. To the left, a massive flat roof shelters the main outdoor living quarters, which includes a barbecue, counter and nearby dining table, as well as additional seating in front of a substantial ledgestone fireplace surround. Ceiling heaters help ensure comfort year-round. The space also features a large Weiland pass-through window from the kitchen, adding convenience to the outdoor cooking and dining experience.

The patio steps down to a circular stone terrace and fire pit bordered by landscaping from Truckee’s Rock & Rose, Inc. Beyond the fire pit, the lot spills out to a clearing that merges with a maze of manzanitas, pines and firs—the views to Northstar ever present through the treetops.

“Everyone did a nice job on the house,” says Grass. “It’s a lot about how the details are managed to pull it off. There’s nothing worse than having a great vision and design only to have the execution fall short.”

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Our Favorite Christmas Traditions

Hot chocolate… warm blankets… smoke filled chimneys and the sound of Christmas music – we love this time of year!

 

Each year we (Tina and Khai) set aside time for some fun holiday family traditions, from baking sweet Christmas cookies to decorating our beloved Christmas tree while singing Christmas carols together. We also visit the homeless shelter to provide food and cheer! At the factory, our staff decorates the office and we have a big holiday feast and party where we hand out Christmas gifts.

 

This year, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite family holiday traditions in hopes to hear back about some of yours.

 

Decorating for Christmas, naturally, is our favorite! Nothing fills a home like Christmas cheer and twinkling lights. Our Christmas tree becomes the main event in our home and where our family gathers to sing Christmas carols and drink our favorite peppermint hot chocolate, all while never leaving our pajamas. Our son, Nathan Anthony, now 16 years-old, makes sure to set up the Lionel train handed down by his maternal grandfather to complete the tree decor. In our home we agree, our favorite Christmas carol to sing is “Oh Holy Night.”

 

On Christmas Eve, we visit the homeless shelter, to prepare, serve and eat dinner with those transitioning into homes. It really is a wonderful time. We set the tables, bring all the food, cook the food at the shelter then serve the food for them. Once they are all seated, our family sits down with these families and shares the Christmas Eve meal with them. We enjoy visiting and learning their stories. We have met some wonderful people throughout the many years of this tradition.

 

We also set aside time to visit nursing homes with 20 of our wonderful friends to sing Christmas carols and visit with everyone in the home. We always look forward to going back each year to visit them again! We have heard some wonderful voices join together to carol with us!

 

No matter what your family traditions are, Christmas time is a wonderful time of year to spread joy and cheer to those around you. Visit our social pages to share your favorite holiday traditions!

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