A sassy sense of style runs through the two individualistic home designs that we tour here. Our first intriguing home tour takes place in a meticulous restoration of a large 5-bedroom townhouse, which features beautifully restored woodwork, custom details and around 8,000 square feet of light-filled interiors. Colourful artwork and an eclectic furniture collection shape living spaces that draw the eye and excite the mind. The second home design we visit is a loft, located in the historic Gilsey House building in the NoMad neighbourhood of Manhattan. Industrial features hark to its history, whilst bold art pieces, colourful accents and a bespoke staircase design make the loft into a marvellously modern and uplifting home.

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Right from the get-go, architects Maryna Grechko & Sergey Makhno found common ground with their client over a deep admiration for Ukrainian materials, furniture and designer objects. The homeowner knew exactly the mood that she wanted to create for her 255 square metre, one floor home in Kyiv. The Ukrainian clay and ceramics swiftly told the earthy colour story, and created a whimsically playful sense of scale. Huge sculptures have populated the rooms with peculiar wildlife and wondrous tactility, whilst enormous pendant lights hover like extraordinary stone rain clouds. Get ready to discover unique delights around every turn in this inspiring home design; a collaborative artisan masterpiece.

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Kiyonda Powell emphasizes bold color and pattern in her vibrant residential and commercial work

Following an early career in child-welfare nonprofits, Kiyonda Powell switched gears to pursue her lifelong passion: design. She earned an interior design degree at Marymount, then joined a boutique studio focusing on hotel and restaurant projects.

In 2018, she launched her firm. “It felt right once I jumped into it. I was ready to have my own independent voice,” reflects Powell, who now splits her time between commercial and residential work.

Many clients ask the designer to instill their homes with the same sense of whimsy apparent in her hospitality work. “One of my specialties is pattern play and color combinations,” she says. “I like coming up with interesting palettes. I’m really eclectic in how I mix things.” Recent projects include a DC residence, an Atlanta apartment and a home she’s wrapping up in California.

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