Subtle grey decor covers this modern apartment interior with a sense of calm and sophistication, whilst classic details add history and character. Visualised by Alexander Belkov, the home is designed to encompass the modernly coveted open plan living space arrangement with a large kitchen dining island and a dedicated spot for the obligatory home workspace. The master bedroom is a serene grey and white split scheme, where a houndstooth upholstered bed adds a fashionable yet playful interaction with the plainer parts. Traditional intricate crown moulding and ultra contemporary strip lights create beautiful contradiction. A stunning bathroom receives a final hint of neoclassical charm from smartly panel moulded walls, defined under soft mood lighting and sharp black finishes.

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Modern glam decor puts the charisma back into contemporary interiors. Shining metallic accents and luxe marble elements take the look way upscale, whilst neutral white and wood tone backdrops remain calm and collected. The four refreshing home designs we’re looking at today tackle the modern glamorous decor aesthetic with a subtle approach, leaving room to breathe around key pieces. Captivating furniture choices favour the elegant over the highly ornate, and high-end lighting options are tasteful without a whisper of ostentation. This is a key look for discerning homeowners who appreciate all of the finer things in life, without desire for the pretentious, showy or loud.

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A design team infuses a traditional McLean home with understated sophistication and a thoroughly modern sensibility

Half a lifetime ago, Ajaipal “Jay” Virdy anticipated the serene home that he and his wife, Shalu, now enjoy. Back then, Virdy’s fledgling tech company occupied space next to a builder whose work he admired. Virdy promised himself that one day, he would ask that company to create an awesome house for him and his family.

Two decades later, the dream came true. With two grown children and an enviable career complete, Virdy and Shalu were moving from Leesburg to a classic, two-story abode in McLean. The property was endowed with an ideal setting and recently added guest quarters perfect for Virdy’s aging mother. But the 9,422-square-foot house, built in 2001, came with awkward and dated interiors.

Virdy called on his former neighbor, design-build company BOWA, which in turn enlisted architect Sarah Armstrong of

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