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Heart of Steel in the California Wine Country



Nestled in one of the most unique wine country regions in the world, this European castle estate sits beyond an extensive road that winds its way through the vineyard covered hills of Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties. The area is well known for its warm days and cool nights, frequently boasting lavish indoor/outdoor living perfect for entertaining in true wine country fashion. And this estate is no exception, with its maximized use of glass and steel the openings seamlessly blur the boundaries between the indoors and its surroundings. You don’t ...

"Windowless Boxes" Reimagined: RH Opens New Lifestyle Experience in Napa



RH, formally known as Restoration Hardware, is notorious for not being your average furniture retailer. The company has transformed the luxury retail market by constructing elaborate high-end home-furnishing stores, better described as galleries, that create an interactive retail experience. Over the last few years, RH’s CEO and chief innovator Gary Friedman has further reimagined the traditional retail store, or what he calls “…archaic windowless boxes,” with the addition of several hospitality components being integrated into the luxury spaces. Friedman explains, “We don’t build retail stores – we create inspiring spaces ...

Jada Windows and Doors Frame Modern Farmhouse Wine Country View



Have a look at this modern Calistoga farmhouse featured in this month’s Luxe Magazine and designed by Northern California architect Luke Wade. The homeowners – relocating from Los Angeles – were drawn to the property’s serene landscape encompassing wide open fields, neighboring vineyards, and mountain ridgelines to the North and South. The philosophy behind the design involved having the home seamlessly blend with its environment. The architecture – featuring high ceilings, exposed wood, and rustic elements – carry the modern farmhouse style beautifully. Wade embraces a close connection to the land with the use ...

8 Windows & Doors that Will STEEL Your Heart



As architects continue to test the limits of design, we are beginning to see the demand for glass openings of epic proportions take the building industry by storm. With the help of the modern steel window and door, the architect’s vision of floor-to-ceiling glass walls, expansive pocket sliders, and towering 14’ entryway doors are now a reality in modern architecture. The evolution of the factory-style steel window, first made popular in the late 19th century, unifies the classic look of wrought iron steel with the innovative window technologies of ...

Silver Oak’s New Sustainable Alexander Valley Winery is Setting New Standards for the Industry



Eco-friendly wine lovers will be thrilled to learn that Silver Oak’s new state-of-the-art facility is on track to be the first 100% zero net energy and zero net water commercial winery of its kind. Known for being one of the most environmentally conscious wineries in California, the new location is seeking LEED Platinum certification making it the world’s second production winery to receive that title—the first being the brand’s original site in Napa Valley. But it doesn’t stop there, the new winery is also aiming to meet rigorous certification ...

Twenty-first Century Lifestyles Shaping Today's Home Design



Inspired by the way people actually live nowadays, design professionals look to redefine the layout, function and efficiency of the residential home. Architects are zeroing in on client's lifestyles and desired use of space to help shape today's dream home.  Open Concept Living The days of homes with several walls dividing rooms are long gone. Today’s homeowner seeks the airiness and flow of an open concept floor plan with the focus on entertaining, multi-tasking, and family time. A study by The Center on Everyday Lives of Families at the University of ...

Modern Steel Windows: Will they Stand the Test of Time?



Steel windows and doors have made a monumental revival from the historic factory-style steel windows of the late 19th century. Today’s modern steel window and door might surprise you as thermal efficiency, durability and upkeep are better than ever. Additionally, thin lines, large glass, and maximum daylighting make these products enduringly popular with architects and designers from every design medium. But as many have seen historic steel windows succumb to corrosion and rust, the question arises: How well do modern steel windows and doors hold up over time? The Modern Steel Window The ...

Steel Sliding Doors: Seamless Transitions with Modern Style



Creating a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces is a modern design aesthetic that may never go out of style. Today’s most stunning architectural designs often include walls of windows or doors that open wide to create a seamless experience between living spaces indoor and out. Bringing the outdoors in can be one of the most impactful design decisions for a home. It can make a home feel larger and more expansive, flood it with natural light, and allow for full, open views. How do you establish a connection between ...

The Best of Both Worlds: European Quality Windows Made in the US



European windows are making their way to the US. Depending on the project, architects are selecting windows and doors that are either European quality, European- style, or European made. What’s behind the growing appeal of European windows in the US and what’s the difference between European and American windows? The appeal of European windows often comes down to elements such as function, technology, operability and appearance. European building standards have been on the leading edge of innovation and energy efficiency for over a decade, so it’s no surprise that European ...
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