During the summertime, we relish the chance to spend more time outdoors. That’s why we’ve dedicated our summer issue of Currents to the beauty of indoor-outdoor living and our favorite design styles that maximize our love for nature both inside and outside your home. Explore how you can create beautiful spaces in your home that blur the lines between indoors and outdoors to make your summer even better.

Summer 2023


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Biophilic bathroom design

Biophilic Beauty

Live in harmony with nature this summer through biophilic design, which brings indoor style outdoors and organic elements into your home. The simplest way to enjoy nature inside is by bringing plants and florals into your favorite rooms to add lushness to your space. Whether you incorporate flora through touch, smell or visual motifs, like botanical wallpaper, every detail helps create a serene space. A variety of finishes pair well with natural green hues, like this beautiful brushed gold Flara faucet which you can mix-and-match with polished nickel drawer pulls. You can even engage your senses with naturally derived plant essences in a relaxing soak or shower or add fresh florals to your bathroom for a touch of nature’s beauty.

Creating outdoor spaces where you can enjoy nature and create lasting memories is just as important as bringing nature into your home. Whether you have a small, peaceful patio or a large and lush backyard, outdoor or al fresco dining is our favorite way to enjoy nature all summer long.

California Style Living Room

California Style

In homes that feature the light and airy California style, relaxation and understated comfort are key. Inspired by laid-back lifestyles, California style uses neutral tones and sunshine-soaked spaces to create livable luxury. Warm, neutral tones and soft surfaces are balanced by natural textures, like stone, wood and leather, to create luxurious minimalist spaces designed to enliven your day. Nature is also at the heart of this design style, and mid-tone woods and greenery help create a look inspired by the outdoors. When it comes to California style, no home better represents the inviting nature of this design style than the home of executive TV producer and designer Sam Donnelly.

Outdoor living space with firepit

Sam’s House

We met with Sam in her luminous Southern California home designed to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Her elevated yet down-to-earth sense of style and use of materials and color palettes found in nature make her home an extension of the beautiful California landscapes just outside her windows. When designing her home, she prioritized outdoor enjoyment and relaxation with an open floor plan where each space flows comfortably into the next for easy living and plenty of natural light.

“This house was designed to have accessible living and outdoor space that truly flows,” said Sam. “I wanted to have outdoor space that felt like an extension of the living space,” she said, and she creatively used California-native plants to create “outdoor rooms” with separate shaded areas to relax, eat or hang out. Her home truly makes the most of the gleaming Southern California climate with floor-to-ceiling bifold doors that create a seamless transition from the kitchen and living room to the pool deck. “I wanted the living area and large outdoor deck to flow into each other so that people could mingle and enjoy the incredible weather here in SoCal.”

Currents Summer 2023 Kitchen


Designing her home to embrace the warmth, sunlight and textures of nature was important, but comfort and functionality were also crucial for Sam, especially in the kitchen. “Because we spend so much time cooking in our home, everything in the kitchen has to be as functional as it is pretty,” Sam said. Beyond her giant kitchen island is the contemporary and convenient Cia Spot Resist™ Stainless Kitchen Faucet, as well as a modern pot filler over the French stove, which makes navigating and cooking in the kitchen safer and easier.

Colinet Widespread Bathroom Faucet

Primary bathroom

The natural beauty of California style doesn’t just extend to her family’s gathering places. Sam’s primary bath is flooded with natural light thanks to skylights above the bath that create a lovely, warm atmosphere in the room, especially in the morning. The bathroom also features an expansive double sink and Cia Brushed Nickel widespread faucets, which complement the warm wood tones of the custom vanity. “The tones work so well with the clean minimal aesthetic of this bathroom,” said Sam “Not fussy, just understated and pretty,” to help create a calming and uncluttered sanctuary.