Inspired by Napa Valley style, a design team evokes 
casual elegance in a meticulous Northwest DC renovation

A premium lot on a hillside in Northwest DC lured a businessman and his wife—despite the 1954 fixer-upper on the property. They intended a major redo to suit their lifestyle and family, which includes four children ranging in age from eight to 13. The couple turned to Monarch Interior Design Group to guide them through the process. East Coast principal Charlene Kennerknecht and Arch Williams, the firm’s West Coast counterpart, worked in close collaboration with Charlene’s husband, Jim Kennerknecht of Monarch Building and Development, to help the homeowners fulfill their dreams.

“We asked Monarch to create a home that felt like an Aman hotel in Napa Valley,” recalls the wife. “It was a lot to ask for, considering it was a Colonial-style house in a traditional neighborhood. But we really wanted to channel

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If a white theme is your interior design dream, then these four peaceful white homes are going to whisper to your heart. This collection includes a multitude of home sizes and styles too. We have a super modern apartment with beautiful textured wall panels, misty grey accents and a stunning master suite. There is a compact open plan living room coupled with a practical home office-bedroom combo. We explore a large luxury apartment in Brooklyn, New York, with an extra large entertaining space and bedrooms that overlook the park. Then, we finish up in a minimalist interior, where perhaps the white decor plays the most prominent role of all.

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