Showcase Room or Model Home – First Place –

Firm: Martha O’Hara Interiors
Designer(s): Emily Anderson, Allied ASID and Team
Project Name: Endless Summer Model Home

Project Statement

On a popular summer home tour, our challenge was twofold: design for a homeowner, yet style and stage to appeal to a wider audience. Luckily, the very layout of this impressive urban cottage had an alluring effect on touring guests. The home is characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive sliding doors that can open the home from either side. Touring guests can literally pass through the entire house–from the front porch, into the living room, and out to the backyard.
This magical layout was also the main selling point for our young clients, an entrepreneurial family that loves to host parties–whether it be happy hours with business colleagues or pool parties for their son’s little league team. Our design maximized indoor/outdoor movement, prioritized views toward the backyard pool, and seamlessly balanced a comfortably modern aesthetic.

A metropolitan destination awaits just around the corner, yet this secluded lot with front-facing views of lush trees and rolling greens allots natural privacy in a home that has more windows than walls. Every space boasts stunning views toward the backyard oasis where a nine-foot-deep salt pool is the focal point. Because of this, we were careful to select pieces that would hold up to poolside entertaining. Among our most notable selections: swivel chairs that offer flexible seating arrangement for conversation; stunning marble-like quartz countertops that can stand up to heavy entertaining; and gravel gray cabinets that offer striking contrast.

After fun poolside days, our clients prioritized a cozy upper level where they could retreat for the night. This includes a separate parent’s wing that caters to their personal needs–so we suggested moving the fitness room and a built-in refrigerator into that space. This was a big hit with home tour visitors too. We paired soft neutral tones in the bedroom and dark stonework in the bathroom. To balance our white and black palette, we chose natural-stain wood cabinets to further layer warmth and comfort in an otherwise architecturally modern home. Though perfectly designed for its occupants, this home is a welcoming place for entertaining guests, even guests on a home tour.