Organic Modern isn’t just a design style, it’s a lifestyle, and more specifically, a lifestyle that’s highly influenced by a design style. A calm, orderly, connected environment influences a calm, orderly, connected mind, and the power of this is never more evident than inside our latest project, Cabo Dos Vistas. Organic Modern is when two distinct design styles blend to create a cohesive space, the defining characteristics of those two being clean lines, simplistic forms, natural materials, and of-the-earth color palettes and textures. Organic Modern mixes a sense of minimalism with nature’s beauty. It’s often a sophisticated aesthetic, not necessarily in a monetary way, but rather being rich with warmth, comfort, and plenty of character and soul. Cabo Dos Vistas embodies all of these things and above all else, puts forth a vibe of calmness, orderliness, and connectedness. Below, follow along as we tour through the main spaces of the home’s soothing interior, sharing the details and design choices that make this home a study in Organic Modern design.
No. 01 | Outdoor Spaces
The outdoor space at Cabo Dos Vistas is comprised of a central courtyard, the architecture of the home enveloping it in a U shape from three sides, and a cascading staircase in which you enter the home on the fourth side. Walking through the center of the home where the communal living spaces are (divided by steel and glass doors that open the expanse of the room), you’re greeted with the endless horizon of the Pacific Ocean, a sundeck, and a pool. “It’s an indoor-outdoor living concept through every single space,” Shea explains. There are multiple other opportunities to take in the Baja sunshine throughout, like a side courtyard, bedroom balconies, and a firepit and lounge area. These spaces, and the entire project, were designed in collaboration with Brandon Architects and Cabo Development Group.
In the evening, the courtyard is illuminated overhead by woven pendants strung from tree branches, “It’s so romantic,” explains Shea. On opposite ends, Shea and the design team created potting areas where the client can collect new pots and plants that represent the history, culture, and flora of the region. These aged Mexican clay pots sit on rough-hewn wood benches, giving way to the sleek infinity-edge pool, demonstrating how the Organic Modern design aesthetic plays out in these outdoor spaces.
No. 02 | Living Room
The living room in Cabo Dos Vistas is part of one large, open space that houses the dining room and kitchen as well. Stone from the exterior of the home was brought into the fireplace wall, further defining the indoor/outdoor living concept, and used to frame two delicate arches, one to create a built-in shelving unit and the other that leads to a wing of the home where the bedrooms are. “The wall becomes a beautiful focal point,” says Shea. These stone arches are a nice juxtaposition to the steel and glass sliding doors that open to create one cohesive space with the outdoors. This is perhaps the best example of Organic Modern in Cabo Dos Vistas’ living room.
The client wanted to be able to host a lot of people so for the furniture orientation “We did two sectionals facing each other and then a massive coffee table,” explains Shea. The styling of the space sticks to coastal tones without leaning too heavily into a beachy aesthetic. Earth tones dominate the palette.
No. 03 | Kitchen
With the dining room in between, the kitchen sits opposite the living room in one long, continual space. The rooms are separated by their furniture. The dining room houses a long, live-edge table with seating for fourteen. The kitchen’s standout materials is the various tiles throughout. A blue and white handmade patterned tile is carried up the stove’s backsplash, giving way to a plaster hood that melds seamlessly into the plaster walls found throughout the entirety of the home. The arch of the hood is brought down to the countertops so that the adjacent built-ins flow and a shadow line is introduced for some depth and visual interest. A more simple tile is brought in in the remaining areas, for a simplistic look that gives the backsplash space to shine. Light oak cabinetry with a matte finish and antique nickel hardware keep glossy elements out of the space and introduce a sense of patina to a new build.
Inset cabinetry provides a sleek, streamlined look against the more textural elements, like the handmade tiles, tying the Organic Modern aesthetic to the kitchen.
No. 04 | Primary Bedroom
The primary bedroom employs a serene color palette of pale blue. The plaster walls are tinted with Sherwin Williams Dew Drop, a neutral, dusty blue. The sandy, natural tones are tied together throughout with a hand-knotted vintage rug and a mix of new and vintage pillows. “We’re not going pattern-heavy on the pillows because we did a settee [at the foot of the bed] in a pattern,” Shea says of the design decisions made in the room. Locally crafted nightstands of Rosa Morada wood flank the bed and along the other wall, a commissioned piece by Nashville-based artist Charlotte Terrell hangs above a console table. The same exterior stone is used on the bedroom’s fireplace, a defining feature of the Organic Modern aesthetic when paired with the steel and glass retractable walls that open up the entire corner of the room.
No. 05 | Primary Bathroom
The primary bathroom is perhaps one of the best examples in Cabo Dos Vistas of Organic Modern as a whole. Through a louvered, arched door, a stone wall is encased in steel and glass windows with the vanity sitting in front. “It feels contemporary and straight-lined,” Shea explains. The vanity’s oak cabinetry features grasscloth drawerfronts. One solid piece of hand-carved crema marfil marble serves as a showstopping bathtub. The primary bathroom’s walk-in shower showcases a textural mix of limestone floors and Zellige tile laid in a herringbone pattern.
No. 06 | Office
The client’s office is papered in artwork that carries special meaning, with masculine, cowboy touches scattered throughout. A cowhide rug helps to define the direction of the room, filling floorspace and tying together the office’s desk, a leather sofa, and a game table with two swivel chairs. An amazing view of the Pacific Ocean sits like a picture inside the glass and steel walls.