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Environmentally Responsible Home, San Antonio

The innovative Green Lantern home is the solution to an environmentally responsible challenge that was set to John Grable Architects by their client, who dreamed of a build that was sensitive to sustainability and serious about moral obligation. A balance of forward-thinking technologies teamed with traditional techniques evolved as testimony to both the architect and client's solid respect for the environment, and looks stunning to boot. Standing in one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Antonio, USA, the single-family residence was required to be sympathetic to the historic surroundings, and this is the outcome...
The exterior of the building appears almost as a serious of pagodas, with strong protruding struts and wooden finish. These overhangs and arbors are part of a serious of passive environmentally friendly systems, included in this particular instance to reduce solar gain. A massive 67% offset is achieved in this build, thanks to photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, and rain-water and grey-water reuse. The home also had a green roof implemented, and was even sympathetically designed to re-use the existing foundation from the previous building along with its reclaimed wood.
The exterior of the building appears almost as a serious of pagodas, with strong protruding struts and wooden finish. These overhangs and arbors are part of a serious of passive environmentally friendly systems, included in this particular instance to reduce solar gain. A massive 67% offset is achieved in this build, thanks to photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, and rain-water and grey-water reuse. The home also had a green roof implemented, and was even sympathetically designed to re-use the existing foundation from the previous building along with its reclaimed wood. 

This carefully planned project protects a number of heritage oaks thriving across the green location.
This carefully planned project protects a number of heritage oaks thriving across the green location. 

The airy open layout of the interior connects with its exterior surroundings via huge windows and retractable glass doors. It is through these such doors that the living room sweeps out onto the decking that surrounds the swimming pool, the established gardens and outdoor entertaining areas.
The airy open layout of the interior connects with its exterior surroundings via huge windows and retractable glass doors. It is through these such doors that the living room sweeps out onto the decking that surrounds the swimming pool, the established gardens and outdoor entertaining areas. 
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25 Modern Living Rooms with Cool, Clean Lines

A living room needs to be a place where families can kick their feet up. Where they can convene, entertain, and enjoy each other. But for those people who pride themselves on design, it also needs to be able to tie a home together. In these 25 living rooms, modern concepts take precedence with sleek sofas and towering windows creating a heart for these homes.

A stunning view is an enviable feature in this sleek living room, where even the ceiling opens up into the sky.
A stunning view is an enviable feature in this sleek living room, where even the ceiling opens up into the sky. 

With an open floor plan, the slightest color shift can mean everything. Here, a beige sofa distinguishes the living area from its stark, white surroundings.
With an open floor plan, the slightest color shift can mean everything. Here, a beige sofa distinguishes the living area from its stark, white surroundings. 

WIth sunlight from multiple angles, this living room is a perfect space for basking in a warm glow - of sun and design -  at any time of year.
WIth sunlight from multiple angles, this living room is a perfect space for basking in a warm glow – of sun and design – at any time of year. 

This ultra modern living room uses its clean lines to create an overwhelming atmosphere that is clean and serene.
This ultra modern living room uses its clean lines to create an overwhelming atmosphere that is clean and serene. 

The round columns in this living room divide the room and give an otherwise industrial apartment a bit of a romantic spin.
The round columns in this living room divide the room and give an otherwise industrial apartment a bit of a romantic spin. 

In this smaller living room, the white color scheme makes things feel more open.
In this smaller living room, the white color scheme makes things feel more open. 

This French-style living room has an eclectic design that's familiar, but is unified with a color story that is springy and pretty.
This French-style living room has an eclectic design that’s familiar, but is unified with a color story that is springy and pretty. 

The use of concrete and wood turn this modern living room into a testament to mid-century design.
The use of concrete and wood turn this modern living room into a testament to mid-century design

This teak wood living room is perfect for a living room that doubles as an outdoor entertaining space.
This teak wood living room is perfect for a living room that doubles as an outdoor entertaining space. 

A spacious living room dominated by a soft gray sectional is perfect for a family that wants to relax in style.
A spacious living room dominated by a soft gray sectional is perfect for a family that wants to relax in style. 

The green color in this particular living room is a perfect match for springtime blooms, making the indoors feel a little brighter all year round.
Slate gray walls and a deep blue sofa give this living room a bit of a stormy feel.
Black walls and a stone accent give this living room the feeling of a particularly stylish dungeon.
The adobe and teal scheme here have a distinctly 1980s Miami Beach feel to them. Totally rad.
A top floor living room lends itself to a gently sloping ceiling and stunning skylight.
This black and white living room has a sleek, artistic bent to it. A perfect setting for a martini or two.
It's impossible to ifnore the pops of purple in this artsy living room with exposed brick.
Wood, marble, and simply gray upholstery create a mid-century masterpiece in this living room.
White, gray, and spindly tree branch painting take this space into a dreamy white simplicity.
The curtains and soft rugs give this living room a romantic air.
A twisted metal chandelier and dark walls give this living room an eerie gothic feel.
Sumptuous wood floors and walls have a decadent effect on this living room.
The stone walls in this living room, coupled with the exposed rafters, have the feel of an East Coast Retreat.
Lime green accents  add a non-so-subtle vibrance to this open floorplan home.
A small space feels bigger with simple furniture and plenty of storage.
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Ellen DeGeneres’s House

Hollywood Talk Show Host and Comedian Ellen DeGeneres is the proud owner of the amazing 'Brody House', the place that is considered by most to be the ultimate of LA mid-century modern trophy-homes–and wow it is some trophy!

Ellen DeGeneres House

A vision of architectural modernism, the huge nine bedroom home is located on 2.3 acres in Holmby Hills, rubbing shoulders with Hugh Hefner’s famous–or infamous some might say–Playboy Mansion. Named the Brody House after its original owner, art aficionado Frances Lasker Brody, who commissioned the famed Los Angeles architect Archibald Quincy Jones to design it in 1949. Along with A. Quincy Jones, interior designer Billy Haines and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo were brought on board to complete the sophisticated LA masterpiece.
A vision of architectural modernism, the huge nine bedroom home is located on 2.3 acres in Holmby Hills, rubbing shoulders with Hugh Hefner’s famous–or infamous some might say–Playboy Mansion. Named the Brody House after its original owner, art aficionado Frances Lasker Brody, who commissioned the famed Los Angeles architect Archibald Quincy Jones to design it in 1949. Along with A. Quincy Jones, interior designer Billy Haines and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo were brought on board to complete the sophisticated LA masterpiece.
The established gardens are green and lush with huge majestic trees, and the surrounding outdoor patio areas soak up every available opportunity for enjoying the scenes of natural beauty.

The dream home was completed in 1951 and has been publicly heralded as a brilliant example of indulgent LA modernistic glamor without equal. Spanning a massive 11,511 square feet, the 39.8 million dollar home has glass walls and high vaulted ceilings that all contribute to its impressive and expansive feel.
The dream home was completed in 1951 and has been publicly heralded as a brilliant example of indulgent LA modernistic glamor without equal. Spanning a massive 11,511 square feet, the 39.8 million dollar home has glass walls and high vaulted ceilings that all contribute to its impressive and expansive feel. 

The serene atrium is a well of light, and a place for relaxation in the warmth of the sun, under the shade of an old tree, perfect.
The serene atrium is a well of light, and a place for relaxation in the warmth of the sun, under the shade of an old tree, perfect. 

Modern dining room

Modern home design

Pristine décor in predominantly neutral shades fills each of the rooms, peppered with warming red as a welcoming accent color.
Pristine décor in predominantly neutral shades fills each of the rooms, peppered with warming red as a welcoming accent color. 

Games room

Modern planters

Dining room

You will find seven and a half bathrooms located throughout this large home.
You will find seven and a half bathrooms located throughout this large home. 

Black white desk

Private swimming pool

Dining patio

Landscaping

Sun lounge

Each area positively oozes luxury, even down to the entranceway and hallways.

Each area positively oozes luxury, even down to the entranceway and hallways. 

Contemporary home interior

Ellen DeGeneres, a habitual collector of top properties in LA, paid quite possibly the highest price per square foot for her home in Los Angeles history.
Ellen DeGeneres, a habitual collector of top properties in LA, paid quite possibly the highest price per square foot for her home in Los Angeles history. 

Luxury driveway

Garden at night

Modern home exterior

Poolside planting

Established garden

Modern patio

Elegant interior and exterior living spaces provide abundant opportunities for entertaining.

Poolside patio loungers

Outdoor swimming pool

Outdoor dining


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