Expert Style: The Year's Most Inspiring Professional Projects

Expert Style: The Year's Most Inspiring Professional Projects

Carrie McBride
Dec 25, 2015
(Image credit: Rich Caplan )

We are inspired every day by the homes you make for yourselves, but we are also excited to see homes designed by creative professionals who work to bring their clients' visions to life. Here are ten of our absolute favorite professional projects from the past year:

Above: The owners plan to use the apartment as a live-work-event space, so in my design I was mindful of making sure the space be somewhat modular and flexible while being visually impactful.

See more: A Showstopper Apartment in the Silk Building

(Image credit: Whit Preston )

My client came to me as a recent divorcee that had to vacate his home fairly immediately. He rented a furnished loft apartment in downtown Austin, Texas that only someone in his predicament would have considered renting.

See more → An Austin Loft that Breaks All Sorts of Design Rules (That You Should, Too)

The client wanted GOLD, and it was hard to say no. As a designer, I practice two equal and opposite principles, either less is more or more is more! In this case, we decided to work with both concepts.

See more → A "Go Gold or Go Home" Chicago Apartment

(Image credit: Tracey Ayton )

We took on the main floor and nursery for an existing client/friend and while the home is very rustic filled with beams, stone fireplaces, farm house sinks, etc. the nursery is casual, bright, and airy. We designed a custom paint treatment and then implemented it by hand which took over four straight days but it is perfect.

See more → An Airy Modern Vancouver Nursery

(Image credit: Alan Gastelum )

With a blissful color palette and a seamless mix of statement pieces, graphic artwork and ethnic accessories, this New York duplex apartment oozes sophistication and elegance. The inviting and generously proportioned low-slung sectional in the living room makes the most of the high ceilings and natural light, and sets the tone for the rest of the scheme.

See more → Tailored Simplicity for a Bright Chelsea Duplex

(Image credit: Sarah Stacey)

When we started the project, the client handed me a scrapbook filled with magazine clippings she had collected over the years of interiors that she loved. This is what I used as inspiration for the project. We worked on the entire home minus the kitchen and bathrooms.

See more → A 60s Style Ranch House Full of Color & Pattern

(Image credit: Jose Carlos Francisco Baeza )

We have a peephole for the brothers to communicate through, a courtesy light as a house of 'Perez Mouse', a crane with a command post for moving toys, a paint shop, painted frames on the wall to hang the boys' artwork and photographs, three lofts game (the crane, one to read and Lego one), a craftroom, a safe for them to store their treasures and a lot of details.

See more → A Play-Driven Bedroom for Three in Spain

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

Being a designer, I’m conditioned to come up with a storyline and also address the less sexy part, budget

See more → A Designer's Inspiring, Liveable & Chic Approach

(Image credit: Alan Gastelum)

Modern pieces have been combined with playful accents and ethnic touches to create a space that is eclectic but undeniably urban, and is cool and relaxed whilst still feeling grown-up.

See more → Room by Room: Style Sources for a Young Couple's City Home

(Image credit: Jihyun "G-N" Butler)

The client really had no vision in mind, so we were able to run wild with ours… starting with the ceiling.

See more → A Celestial Ceiling in a Black & White Playroom

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