Category: Home Design

12 of the Coolest Home Designs Around Washington

For 41 years, Washingtonian has joined the DC chapter of the American Institute of Architects to recognize outstanding work from local residential architects. To ensure an unbiased process, none of the jurors—architects from around the country—are local. Here are 2022’s winning designs.

Photographs by Paul Warchol.

Bronze House on Chain Bridge Road

Firms: David Jameson Architect

Spec houses are typically designed to appeal to the masses. But this one, clad in patinated bronze, with walls of mahogany-framed windows and a garage for a car collector, is highly customized. “It’s totally unique in the market,” says architect David Jameson, who designed it for a parcel in DC’s Kent that used to contain a tennis court. Also unusual: It doesn’t have a basement. Functions that are often subterranean, such as a game room and an in-law suite, are instead on the third level. As of press time, the home was still for

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Febreze Elevates Home Design with Scent Styling

Febreze partners with actress and home décor expert Garcelle Beauvais to share how to follow your nose to the perfectly curated home

From the perfect pillow placement to arranging furniture for good energy flow, interior design is paramount to creating your dream home. We instinctually focus on the colors, materials, and textures that look and feel good, but often overlook one key element: smell. Enter “Scent Styling,” the freshest new design concept from the fragrance experts at Febreze that marries the sense of smell with the visual art of interior design to elevate your living space. Studies have shown that smell – both good and bad – can have a profound impact on your mental and physical wellbeing. By thoughtfully incorporating scents throughout your home, you can curate an atmosphere for every room.

Febreze partners with actress, TV personality, and home decor designer Garcelle Beauvais to help introduce its new fresh new design concept “Scent Styling.”  (Photo: Business Wire)

Febreze partners with actress, TV personality, and home decor designer Garcelle Beauvais to help introduce

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Home design ideas: Adding a modern edge to a nautical lake house

Designer Vanessa Helmick updates the classic beach theme in the guest room of this Maine lake house.Sean Litchfield

Vanessa Helmick’s clients weren’t kidding when they asked for a strict blue and white palette in the Maine lake house that is a gathering place for their extended family. “I wanted to incorporate other colors, but they had always dreamed of blue and white,” says the owner of Fiore Home. So, the interiors of the Sebago Lake home lean heavily nautical. To keep the lofty guest room from seeming kitschy, Helmick chose a modern platform bed as the centerpiece and popped in a graphic block-print pillow with a dash of terra cotta.

1 Helmick used Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace paint for the millwork and Oxford White for the walls. “Accentuating the architectural details helps a high-ceilinged space not feel cavernous,” she says.

2 Blackout roller shades made from navy blue fabric

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Fall trends 2022: decor looks for a fall home

While trends are not something that many people like to follow for their ephemerality, timeless fall trends are offering a new way to style your home for the cooler seasons.

US interior design trends emerge to meet the demands we are making of our homes, fall decor ideas and design trends in 2022 are looking towards creating a cozy, warm home for friends and family to gather and relax together after a difficult few years.

Here, designers have offered their insight into the top fall trends for 2022 so that you can create the ideal space when the time to start decorating for fall is upon us.

Incorporating trends into your home does not need to be about fleeting decor items that might not have a place in your home the following year, instead, implement these timeless decorating ideas for schemes that will stand the test of

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Ten residences with deliberately unfinished interiors

A holiday home in northern Italy that was decorated on a budget and a Hackney apartment with exposed concrete walls are among the residences in this lookbook, which showcases interiors that have been left purposely unfinished.

Peeling wallpaper, floors that have been left untreated and hanging cables give character to these interior design projects, which look as though they’ve been abandoned halfway through decorating.

By stripping back the properties down to their shells, the interior designers have given the occupants of these homes the chance to complete them according to their own tastes and resources – whether that be filling them with quirky items or keeping them minimalist.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring colorful living rooms that make a statement, homes with walk-in wardrobes and beautiful brutalist interiors.

Interiors of the Lapa Apartment designed by Studio Gameiro
Photo is by Tiago Casanova
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Seven interior design tips for a cozy home

When one talks about tastefully done interiors, it’s not about how much fortune was spent on furnishings and showpieces, it is rather about a well-thought-through concept that makes a certain space worthy of its purpose. “A well-designed home should showcase an interesting balance between aesthetics and functionality and also achieve this play of design elements seamlessly,” said Swapnil Sharma, senior interior designer, Studio Archohm.

So, what exactly are these elements that help in creating a home which instantly makes one feel at ease and comfortable? Let’s have a quick look.

Defining spaces: Spatial planning is the most essential part of designing. It is all about understanding the space and categorizing it as per the functions. Zoning sets the ground rules that help in associating certain activities and mood with their spaces. This identification of spaces acts as the first step in achieving the transition of a house into a

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this flexible modular home promotes comfortable living experience

a one-unit domestic setting that can be transformed

Supra-Simplicities designed a modular home unit that can be adjusted according to the user’s needs. This is flexible home design depicts a roomless structure system based on an internal infrastructure track grid. The idea was conceived in the effort of creating a space that will embrace and maximize the flexibility and movability of domestic living. ‘Everything All on Track’ is the design proposal that won the 1st prize for Buildner’s second edition of Modular Home competition.

this flexible modular home design promotes a comfortable living experience
flexibility and mobility in domestic living | all images by Supra-Simplicities + Han Kuo

track infrastructure for an interchangeable interior

The proposed built space is designed to be multi-purpose, internally adjustable and interchangeable over time to meet occupant’s shifting needs, due to social or environmental occurrences. In order to keep the dynamics of space in the modular house, a sophisticated track system is introduced by the

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Kim Kardashian buys Cindy Crawford’s former Malibu mansion for $70.4m

Kim Kardashian has recently purchased Cindy Crawford’s Malibu mansion in the most expensive house sale in Malibu so far this year. The property, originally listed for $99 million, sold for $70.4 million and boasts 7,450 square feet.

The mansion is undoubtedly one of the world’s best homes with private beach access, tennis courts, and sprawling decks with ocean views making up just a few of the several world-class amenities her family will now enjoy.

Here, we take a look around the Malibu mansion.

Malibu Mansion decking area with ocean views

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The property contains an ideal four bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms to accommodate Kim’s children.

The master bedroom is one to impress, however. Boasting two spa-like master bathroom ideas, the space is one that oozes relaxed luxury – perfect for housing the mogul’s extravagant beauty and fragrance collections.

Malibu Mansion spiral staircase with luxury hanging light

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The home’s

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One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Largest Homes Lists for the First Time Ever

Though you can no longer commission Frank Lloyd Wright to design your dream home, the real estate market has made it possible for anyone to hold on to the hope that one day—maybe—they can own a piece of the iconic architect’s work. This past year, a few Wright-designed homes have hit the market, including the 1,940-square-foot Arthur Mathews House in June and the Randall Fawcett Home in August. Now, a Usonian home in Wisconsin has become available too.

Midcentury-modern furnishings add to the home’s design.

Listed through Re/Max, the 6-bed, 6.5-bath home in Mount Pleasant is for sale for $725,000. At just under 5,000 square feet, the property is one of Wright’s largest Usonian designs and includes many classic Wright features, like a low-slung roof, large windows, and crisp wood interiors. The property sits on a bluff on three acres of land, and the great room is cantilevered over a

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Why Home Design Magazine ‘Dwell’ Got into Making Houses

Would you buy a house from a magazine publisher? How about if that magazine were Dwell, a publication that’s been an arbiter of good design and living well since it debuted at the start of the millennium? If your answer is “yes,” then today is your lucky day, as Dwell is now officially in the home-building business.

On September 20, Dwell unveiled the Dwell House, a prefab ADU (accessory dwelling unit, better known as an in-law suite) that’s meant to live in the backyard of an existing home. The 540-square-foot, one-bedroom home is fully constructed off-site by Dwell‘s partner on the project, west coast ADU specialist Abodu, and then delivered and installed in your backyard after Abodu pulls all necessary permits for you.

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While Abodu already offers a number of similar prefab ADUs, including a one-bedroom option, the Dwell House stands apart thanks to its refinement (the

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