Dane Austin instills a family’s new Arlington home with color, personality and a carefree attitude

Repeat clients expecting a second child called on designer Dane Austin to outfit their new, transitional-style home in Arlington. “With a toddler in tow and an infant on the way, the homeowners requested interiors that were sophisticated yet long-lasting and durable,” he explains. “Our clients envisioned a cozy, comfortable and playful environment for the children but also refined spaces where they could entertain.”

The builder, Madison Homes, had already customized interior finishes to the couple’s liking so no structural alterations were required. This freed Austin to focus on creating an eclectic, collected-over-time look throughout the four-bedroom home. He repurposed some of the owners’ existing furniture and designed a number of bespoke pieces, from seating to colorful rugs that were fabricated by a North Carolina workroom. Austin considered every detail—from the size and scale of furniture

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In his new Georgetown home, Skip Sroka conjures chic, approachable elegance with creativity and panache

When Skip Sroka and his partner, John Kammeier, were ready to downsize from their longtime residence in Northwest DC’s Phillips Park, it was a 1962 townhouse in Upper Georgetown that caught their eye. Though it was dated, the designer saw potential in the three-story home with a roomy courtyard for low-maintenance, al fresco living. “There was so much about the house that made sense,” Sroka says. “And we wanted a walkable lifestyle; I’m four blocks away from my studio and I love it.”

While he and Kammeier—president of the menswear company Nick Graham—assumed a renovation was in the cards, the project snowballed into a year-long gut job that included reinsulating the roof, heating all the floors and moving or eliminating intrusive duct-work. A dip in the second floor was shored up with a steel beam

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Palm trees whisper in the breeze on this hillside home in Los Angeles, designed by architect firm SAOTA. The luxury residence is located immediately above Sunset Boulevard, situated on a promontory close to Pierre Koenig’s landmark Stahl House. The Stahl House served as a jumping off point for the form and articulation of Hillside’s roof planes, which push forward to cover substantial outdoor living areas. Flowing connection between interior and exterior spaces was conceived to honor 300 degree views of the LA skyline and city basin below, and to link with a unique layered infinity pool. Far from conventional, the stunning 20,000 square foot estate is a self-contained oasis.

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