If you’re looking to create truly individual and characterful living spaces, then ethnic eclectic interiors with vintage vibes evoke a wonderfully unique and welcoming essence. Inside of these two intriguing interiors, we’ll discover a whole host of curiosities and artisan pieces that meld with modern furniture designs and decor elements. Our first featured interior is an ethnic eclectic style home with colourful vintage finds. Indian artwork meets contemporary lounge and dining furniture in a rich red, green and mustard colour scheme, alongside trendy slatted wood elements. Our second interior is actually a concept store and cafe located in Kyiv, Ukraine, which serves as abundant inspiration for captivating eclectic styling.

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Kristin Try embraces period charm and fresh style in a reimagined 1920s Alexandria bungalow

With its quaint cottages and Colonials, Alexandria’s historic Rosemont neighborhood exudes old-fashioned appeal. No wonder a couple with a young daughter elected to stay and renovate the 1928 Cape Cod they’d had for six years. They tapped architect Laura Campbell, designer Kristin Try and builder Harry Braswell to improve the existing spaces and add much-needed square footage. “They wanted to remake it into their dream house,” recounts Campbell. “They were ready for a complete makeover that would embrace the idea of ‘vintage meets new.’”

The house was saddled with a poorly functioning family room addition, a cramped kitchen and outdated bathrooms. The design team replaced the addition with a larger one encompassing a family room, home office, powder room and mudroom with access to the driveway. The existing spaces were reconfigured to accommodate a spacious new

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A design team revisits a 2013 Arlington renovation, reinforcing airy, open spaces and farmhouse style

For Liz Mearns, decorating homes in the Arlington community of Aurora Hills is a regular part of her business. “I have worked on about 25 projects within a four-block radius,” says the interior designer, who lives and runs her firm, Imagine Design, in the neighborhood. “The convenience is great, but it also means I have to keep it fresh. No one wants their house to look the same as the one down the street.”

In 2013, she helped repeat clients design a home in the neighborhood in collaboration with architect Christine Kelly of Crafted Architecture. Kelly transformed the original 1920s home on a corner lot by demolishing most of its compact, shingled structure, only preserving the existing foundation, basement and first-floor perimeter walls. The rear of the house was extended with a two-story addition and

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