Interior Design Innovator Winners

Neutral pallets take center stage in interior design.



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Winner

A pared-down aesthetic emphasizes textures and allows treetop views to take center stage

“You literally feel like you are in the trees,” says interior designer Leigh Stewart of Joeb Moore + Partners, Architects, LLC about the modern residence that serves as a quiet refuge for a couple in their late 40s. “My intent was to select furnishings and accessories that would allow the views to take center stage and let the colors from the outside fill the space.”about:blank

In the living room, that idea translated into a neutral palette of crisp white, stark black and mellow gray. “It’s where the homeowners entertain, so they wanted a more formal space,” says Stewart, who offset the cool tones and clean lines with warm walnut floors, plush hand-tufted viscose area rugs, and soft leather Barcelona chairs. “Instead of color, I used lush and supple textures to bring the space alive.”

To create a more playful atmosphere in the more casual family room, Stewart introduced vibrant orange chairs that swivel to face a sectional on one side of the large room and a pair of sleek Wegner shell chairs on the other. “The bold hue is meant to complement the colorful stripes on the sofa,” explains the designer. “A fine stripe as in a good men’s pinstripe suit.” Then Stewart included multifunctional round lacquer tables in the same hue that can be moved around the space with ease.  

In keeping with the pared-down aesthetic, the master suite is outfitted with custom walnut veneer built-ins that span the entire length of the bedroom, transitioning from dresser to platform bed to sofa. “The spaces for storage, sleeping and relaxing are designed into a single element,” says Stewart.

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