1. Chicago Residence by Amy Lau Design

Photography by Kim Sargent/Interiors by Amy Lau Design

For this 3,000-square-foot townhouse, designer Amy Lau was tasked with creating a space that was livable, while also primed for entertaining. She carefully selected striking yet inviting furniture that would allow for larger and more intimate gatherings. A collection of conversation-worthy art, including a monumental sculpture by postwar abstractionist, Claire Falkenstein, adds to the home’s dynamic aesthetic. To create balance throughout the residence, which includes a library, screening room, and ballroom, Lau relied on a singular palette of warm browns and blues. Click here to view the full project.

2. Carnegie Hill Townhouse by Timothy Whealon Interiors

Interiors by Timothy Whealon Interiors

This elegant residence by Timothy Whealon combines classical elements with cutting-edge, contemporary details. This unique dichotomy is most pronounced in the living room, where a transitional sofa and a dazzling chandelier are complemented by an enormous, stark artwork depicting a slithering centipede. The gracious residence also features eye-catching patterns, unexpected pops of color, and tactile materials, such as rattan, lucite, and fur. Click here to view the full project.

3. Blowing Rock “Stone Crest,” North Carolina by Taylor & Taylor

Interiors by Taylor & Taylor

Phyllis and William Taylor, the husband-and-wife duo behind Taylor & Taylor, tackled both the architecture and interior design for this home, perched on top of a prominent ridge, high above the quaint village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The expansive residence’s interiors were conceived as “Mountain Modern,” retaining their original coziness yet featuring a brighter palette and sophisticated furnishings, such as oversized velvet armchairs and sculptural lighting fixtures in metal and glass. Click here to view the full project.