Chic and sophisticated in its clean modernity, this pristine home design puts family life through a serene filter. Designed by Darya Maiorova, this family home interior features soft upholstery and rugs that are bravely light to uplift an open plan living space. Black accents are used to add depth and gloss to the neutral surroundings, across a statement kitchen backsplash and black accented window reveals. The kids’ bedrooms themselves are light, crisp and stylish, with bespoke kids’ desk designs and decorative shelving walls. The parental room is a place for restful recuperation from the children, with its own quiet workspace. Bathroom inspiration comes by way of contemporary vanity units and boldly contrasting black fixtures.

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Crisp white walls and pale grey infusions make a serene life setting, especially when cast alongside the natural beauty of wood. Here, our four featured home designs employ smooth grey, white and wood decor to create an air of elegance within luxe modern open plan living spaces. The peaceful palette has been combined with stylish furniture, textured finishes and easy flowing layouts to create tasteful layers. The atmosphere of prevailing calm unites pale grey lounge spaces, contemporary oak and walnut kitchen designs and polished modern dining spaces. We’ll also look over one inspirational bathroom design, fashionable modern wall panelling, creative room dividers and an interior with en vogue architectural archways.

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A study in contrasts, Carmel Greer’s new DC home boldly blurs the lines between tradition and modernism

At least since Thomas Jefferson built Monticello, American architects have used their own homes as testing grounds for various design philosophies. So it comes as no surprise that Carmel Greer—an architect with an equal passion for interiors—would try out ideas while building a house for her family. Make that plural: A decade out of school, she’s on to her second residence in Washington’s Kent neighborhood.

One day in early May, Greer is home from her studio at District Design, leading a Zoom tour to comply with covid-19 restrictions. She opens sleek, black-painted mahogany doors to an airy white foyer furnished with a Korean chest, a gift from bosses at her first architecture firm. The staircase is understated, even as it floats overhead to a third floor. “I didn’t want the house to be

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You might think that a big house would be the most aspirational but these chic small spaces really reboot the dimensional mindset. These four high-end, style abundant apartments have given us a real case of studio envy. Small yet perfectly formed, these upmarket places have everything the heart desires in terms of modern home comforts and deliciously luxe aesthetics. Made-to-measure elements ensure that everything just flows and satisfyingly fits every last nook. Rich wooden accents and dark notes bring soothing warmth and weight to the palette of each modestly sized interior. The tonal combination creates a look of confidence, edge, and utmost sophistication.

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Empty nesters upsize into a chic Alexandria home designed for gracious entertaining

There comes a time when only so much can be done to a house without starting over. “It was a never-ending ‘How do we make this house right?’” says designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, who oversaw eight years of improvements to Craig and Kari Shapero’s former abode in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Alexandria. In  2016, in the midst of yet another renovation, a home with a more open floor plan, better suited for entertaining, presented itself just a couple of blocks away.

Originally built in 1935, the center-hall colonial had undergone extensive renovations in 2009 and checked nearly every box on the Shaperos’ wish list: There was a large dining room, a bright kitchen, space for a formal library—and an enormous gun safe downstairs that could be converted into a wine cellar. A bonus was the airy foyer that

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