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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White foundations, textural wooden elements and small green plant accents fuse into peaceful living spaces with style and sophistication. You can’t go far wrong with this palette, but it can fall flat if the room content is decidedly uninspired. In an ideal world, the finished product would be a space that is impressive whilst minimalist, luxe yet understated. This can be easier said than done. So, we’ve gathered together three expert home designs that show how to carry out this look with effortless perfection, without even the slightest hint of humdrum.

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Simple, relaxed and welcoming, this pair of modern home interiors build comfort through soft grey, white and wood decor. The two designs achieve balance between the crisp cool of monochrome and the textural warmth of wood tone in two different styles. On one hand there is an airy minimalist layout with bespoke fitted furniture, wood slatted dividing walls, and a laid-back low key feel – a place where family and friends can come lounge without ceremony and children play without borders. Home interior number two is packed a little more generously with home decor items, many of which have a more traditional flavour mixed with modernity, and lustrous golden touches.

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