Natural wood and indoor plants instil a sense of serenity into modern living spaces. This Mother Nature inspired meld helps us to separate from the plastic contemporary world a little, and to rekindle our connection with the Earth. Even if only in small doses, green and wood tone infusions add a softness to modern decor schemes, as well as interesting texture, and an invigorating reminder of the life that thrives outside of man-made walls. Join us as we tour three inspiring modern home interiors that beautifully incorporate plants and timber into stylish lounges, dining rooms, kitchens, and possibly the most beautiful laundry room in the world!

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Fresh, clean, airy and spacious, a white decor scheme achieves all of these desirable aesthetics but can sometimes project a cold and sterile environment. With that said, there are plenty of ways in which to offset the coolness of the clean white colour palette, and these two inspirational home interiors demonstrate one of the most subtle approaches to the task. In order to gently warm the look without compromising the minimalist mood, these white interior designs incorporate areas of light wood tone and a delicate blend of beige accents. Dainty black anchor points weight the breezy white decor palette in tiny doses, just enough to sharpen and define.

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Created for a young married couple, this bright 105 square metre home interior is situated in the PIRS residential complex, Minsk, Belarus. Visualised by Zrobim Architects, the main concept for the interior was to maximise permeability of light and space. Only a small WC gains no access to natural daylight, whilst glass partition walls share the resource between all other spaces, including two bedrooms. This transparency also creates a connectivity between each area: the hallway trickles openly into the kitchen diner, the kitchen diner attaches with the bedrooms, and the master bedroom flows seamlessly into the ensuite bathroom, which results in an easy flow for relaxed modern living.

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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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Jim Rill and Lauren Liess reimagine a 1970s home on Reston’s Lake Thoreau, instilling old-school details and an indoor-outdoor vibe

“It’s a little like walking into Oz,” says homeowner Art Richer. Indeed, step inside the Reston, Virginia, abode he shares with wife Leslie and a tranquil panorama of Lake Thoreau transports you to an enchanted land where toll-road troubles melt away.

That full-on display was a mere promise, however, when the Richers bought the ’70s-era contemporary house in 2016. Missed opportunities abounded. For starters, the home’s quirky design obstructed sightlines from the front door. Expanses of glass existed but the spaces could accommodate more. Drywall partitions hemmed in the tiny galley kitchen; the separate dining room up front lacked a lake view. And mundane details—think carpeted-plywood stairs—left Leslie, an attorney, and Art, a retired technology executive, feeling cold.

Transforming the dated digs took a major renovation and tons of vision

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