Saturday, September 25, 2010

This Week's Ideabook On Houzz: The Good Life In The City

Despite growing up in Nome, Alaska (yes, how many people can say that?) I am a city girl at heart. I lived briefly in NYC, for an extended time in Chicago, and adored life for several years in San Francisco. How I eventually ended up in suburbia is another story...

However, the city girl in me got a chance to come out for a brief moment this last week while in NYC to tape a segment with Nate Berkus for his new show. While rushing through the city, trying to take in as much as possible during a brief stay, I wondered what it would be like to again live in a bustling city. And wouldn't it be grand indeed, if you were privileged enough to live in some of the spectacular city adobes featured in this week's Ideabook!

roof top terrace modern patio

If your home is in the city, having a bit of outdoor space is a true luxury, and this NYC terrace is about as great as it gets. Here is a space with ample room for comfortable seating, a fireplace, and a view. Simply wonderful.

baker contemporary bedroom

Apart from an outdoor space another necessity in a (dream) city home would be a tranquil bedroom, providing relief from the city noise. The muted gold and ivory tones in this San Francisco bedroom embodies calm and the outstanding collection of furniture and accessories continue the mood. Then, to top off the design, a very large and dramatic fixture takes the room to the next level.

family room modern family room

Another key component of a city home would be a large living space, ideally open to other areas of the home, preventing one from feeling closed in among the crowds. This family room has those elements. With views of the Empire State building you know where this home is located, but that might be hard to guess if you did not see the view. Filled with light and a sense of airiness, this space defies its location in a city.

Levenson McDavid Architects traditional exterior

Fortunately, I couldn't be happier with the community I live in, otherwise this is a building I would love walking up to and calling home. If I had several spare million that is...

To read the entire Houzz Ideabook showcasing other essential spaces for a dream city home click here. Enjoy your weekend! Janell

All Images from Houzz


  1. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! Wow! It sounds like you do a lot more than just blog about design! Those photos were gorgeous. To have a few spare million! (sobs uncontrollably)

  2. I agree, a little outdoor terrace or garden space would be a must if I moved back to an urban city. Off to Houzz!


  3. I can't wait to see your segment on the Nate show...make sure you give us a heads up before it airs. I'm a city girl too. Of course, southern cities have a differnt ambiance than our northern counterparts, but it's good energy as well. Love where you're going these days, Janelle!

  4. That's cool you grew up in Alaska! I love city living and the tips you gave. :)

  5. * Happy Saturday, Janell... Hope y'all have a terrific "family weekend"!

    If one HAS/WISHES to live in "the big city", that first pic (of the terrace) definitely WOULD be a M*U*S*T, and this one is CHARMING!!! (I can't IMAGINE living someplace... ANYplace... without DIRECT ACCESS to the outdoors, can you???

    Looking forward to "seeing you" on TV!!!

    Warmest hugs,
    Linda in AZ *

  6. Nome, Alaska?? Did you wake up at 3am and see white owls? LOL. I hope you know what I'm talking about and I don't sound extra crazy.

  7. I guess I am a country girl at heart. I would love to live with a lot of land and a really big old house. That would be my dream. Hugs, Marty

  8. If I could live in an apt. such as that I'd even live in Toledo. Every aspect of those spaces are divine. You have lived in some magnificent place Janell, including Nome, AK! Wishing you a lovely PNW Sunday. xDeb

  9. And I thought I grew up in a remote place in Northern Ontario! I've heard Alaska is gorgeous!
    Any of these spaces would be fantastic in the city, although I'm sure my budget couldn't quite swing it! Love this idea book :)

  10. Okay, I just have to ask. . .what is up with the 3rd pic?? What is that on the walls?? :o) Love the ideabook!

    And congrats on all of your success! You must be on cloud 9! Nome, Alaska. . .LOL! Never would have guessed.



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