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Elegant Retreat

Facing a green golf course, this modern house in Indian Wells, California evokes an air of casual refinement.

California interiors and furniture designer Barbara Barry designed this space with texture in mind. "As an artist, I see the world very much in terms of light, form, colour and texture," she says. "The concrete floors are stained a deep chocolate and waxed to a high sheen. There is a conversation of light play throughout the day between the shiny and matte, the smooth and the textural." The sofa fabric doesn't compete with the glossy floor, and the chunky sisal rug and contemporary art add texture to the neutral space.

See more of Barry's designs in our photo gallery.

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