Each of these apartment interiors has been designed by 23Design to fashion a sense of sunny serenity in the modern world. With a grey and white decor palette, sleek contemporary furniture silhouettes and a minimalist approach, these two light-filled apartment designs are calming sanctuaries to come to after a day in the bustling city. The first interior we’ll visit features a faux skylight design that creates an open and sunny feel, even on a grey day. Custom-built storage units line the walls and harbour a hidden doorway. The second serene grey and white interior is given a sunny boost with bright yellow accents, and a glass wall home office that shares the distribution of natural light.

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Cosy vibes abound inside this two-room private apartment, located in the Sunny Riviera residential complex, Kyiv, Ukraine. Visualised by Between The Walls for a young mother and her child, the 94 square metre home interior has been warmly enhanced with bright and energetic colour. Various stylistic accents and elements come together without overwhelming the space, through careful furniture arrangement and considered decor additions. Clean Scandinavian lines crash into bold bohemian styling to achieve a cleanly eclectic aesthetic. A circular shape theme rounds off crisp contemporary lines and accomplishes a friendly flow, whilst a brave use of pattern shakes up the beige backdrop with blasts of orange, blue, green and blush.

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A design team instills a 200-year-old Georgetown gem with elegant style and a cheerful spirit

A robust discovery phase yielded copious insights as Fabiola Martens set out to reimagine an 1820 Georgetown row house for its new owners. “I always like to get a lot of information in the beginning about my clients’ lifestyle, hopes and dreams—what they are looking for at this time in their lives,” the designer explains. As she recalls, a single nugget the wife shared with her established a framework for the entire project: “I want to smile when I walk in.”

The couple previously lived in a rambling Potomac home set on several acres. Having launched their two adult children, the empty-nesters were looking to downsize and move closer in, where they could enjoy Washington’s walkability. The 5,500-square-foot, Federal-style abode situated in the heart of the Georgetown Historic District, which they discovered in 2013, aligned

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