Gold accents and high-grade Italian marble weave a thread of modern luxury through these two contemporary home designs. The fine beige, wood-like vein of Serpeggiante marble pays the perfect complement to the lustrous metallic elements that highlight these interiors, where there is solid emphasis on finishes and elegance. A tame infusion of gold dances across the first home design, upgrading a simple media unit, home accessories, and making a splash in the kitchen. The golden touch increases in home tour number two, where we witness another glorious gold kitchen island and a gold-backed fireplace with a deluxe Serpeggiante marble surround, plus a chic marble clad bathroom design dashed with gold fixtures.

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Stunning natural stone elements and rich brown accents construct a luxurious 210 square metre apartment interior, located in St. Petersburg, Russia. Designed by Chub Architects, this is a space that’s set to wow all who visit with its unabashed use of expensive materials and its free flowing layout. Wood slatted room dividers and window shutters instil a transparency into the home that hardly wavers. Almost every area is viewable by another, whether that be a stylish ensuite bathroom, a lavish dressing room, or an open ended modern kitchen design. Get the full lowdown with the detailed floor plan at the end of the apartment tour.

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Light & luxe, these two modern home interiors from China are elegant examples of how plain white decor translates to high-end living. A double height lounge space and cut away voids flood our first residence with copious amounts of bright natural light. Black accents create sharp anchors within the chic scheme, whilst wood grain and woven elements up the visual temperature. Scaling down on ceiling height but upping the ante on colour infusions, our second white home interior is adorned with punchy green and red accents. A courtyard of cactuses and a bathroom full of indoor plants brings the great outdoors to root inside the apartment, creating luxury that feels enlivened.

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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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