Providing inspiration for small apartment remodels, these two home designs from Ukraine demonstrate intelligent use of limited floor area. Each apartment interior has been minimalistically styled in order to achieve a sense of functional spaciousness within their compact 40 square metre confines. Storage volumes assist the clean flow of the layout, whilst colourful accents freshen and enliven. We look at the open flow of a studio with a portiere shrouded bedroom, in contrast to the segmented approach of an apartment that squeezes in a separated cosy lounge, kitchen diner, glass wall bedroom and home workspace. All the floor plans are included at the end of each home tour to lock down the details.

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Uplifting colour and soul soothing botanical vibes dance through these three lively modern home interiors. Exciting orange and red statement furniture brushes up against a fresh stream of indoor greenery and botanical prints, plus warming expanses of natural wood grain. We explore different sizes of home too, kicking off with a modest sized open plan, then onto a small and unusual split level layout, before winding up in a large and impressive pad full of high-end finishes. See how to harness the beauty of nature to support bright accents and build freshness through each of your rooms, no matter what floor area you’re working with.

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When you think of fresh colours, green has got to be top of the charts. We associate it with the vitality of nature and the hue of healthy foods, so how does that translate into stylish living spaces to help us feel revitalised at home? This inspirational collection of modern interiors show four different approaches to the uplifting green and white theme. From graphite grey accented rooms with mid spectrum green, through light sage and natural timber, natural wood and leaf green, to peaceful minty decor. Each scheme has its own appeal and personality, all with gorgeous green characteristics. How would you choose to go green?

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Vintage charm and a new, modern outlook come together in a custom Palisades home

When remodeling their tiny 1923 bungalow turned out to be problematic, a love for its quaint Palisades neighborhood prompted a DC couple to raze the abode and build a brand-new one in its place. “We’ve lived here since 2009,” says the wife. “We wanted this to be our forever DC home as our kids grow older.”

The original house was poorly structured with setback issues. However, as architect Richard Leggin, who was tapped for the job, recalls, “it had a charming street presence. Creating a new home that enhanced that neighborly spirit was an essential part of our initial planning.”

The wife agrees. “We live in a neighborhood where everyone loves to be on their front porch, watching the kids and dogs play. This was an element from our old house that we absolutely had to

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