Designer Tracy Morris fashions tranquil spaces for working and unwinding in her newly constructed McLean home

Tracy Morris knows her way around a color fan deck. The designer often lends her paint-hue prowess to spec-home builders seeking palettes with broad appeal. In a happy twist of fate, one such collaboration ultimately led her and husband Justin Li to a new abode of their own, as well as a spacious studio for her expanding team.

In 2018, Artisan Builders enlisted Morris to select exterior and interior paint colors for three speculative houses under construction in McLean. A year later, Morris and Li decided they’d outgrown their townhouse and began searching for larger digs with greater office-space potential. Morris recalled the earlier consult and reached out to Artisan. The trio of homes had just been listed for sale​​—​and the couple acted quickly. “I selected the colors for the houses before I had

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There are many ways to style our beloved nests, but most of all we want them to feel welcoming, warm and cosy. This pair of single bedroom apartment interiors explores two different approaches to hitting a modern cosy vibe, in homes each measuring around the 80 square metre mark. Our first home is a mid century modern inspired interior, filled with plenty of warm retro vibes and a cheerful bright blue kitchen. Our second inspirational living space is a plant filled sage green space, textured with natural woven furniture, lighting and wall decor. We’ve included the layouts at the end of each cosy home tour for extra home styling inspiration.

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