These Boston-area designs have won Houzz awards.

A bar by Twelve Chairs Interiors.Joyelle West

BAR, South end

This bar is a great example of how thoughtful design can make the most of an existing space and create something more beautiful and functional without having to start from scratch. Our decision to refinish the cabinets in a bold, glossy lacquer and add a bookcase ladder to enhance both style and practicality really seemed to resonate with people. —Miggy Mason and Roisin Giese, Twelve Chairs Interiors,

A bedroom by Dane Austin Design.SEAN LITCHFIELD

BEDROOMleather quarter

In a world filled with chaos, we can always find peace of mind and balance when surrounded by order, simplicity and harmony. This is especially important in the sanctuary space we call the bedroom. The neutral mix of materials here allows the aubergine velvet bed dressed in Frette linens and the art of Lost Art Salon to take center stage. —Dane Austin, Dane Austin Design,

A deck by Gilmore Landscape Architecture.Megan Booth


I think people are responding well to this project because of the shared design language and the integration of materials between the landscape and the building. The wooden sliding doors and stone-filled gabion facades of the carport are echoed in the landscaped deck and seat wall. Rather than a backyard with a garage, it’s more like a space with many different features, including an entire building to house cars and bikes. — Rob Gilmore, Gilmore Landscape Architecture, gilmorela.comin collaboration with Harper Elm,

A Wenham family room by Beige & Blue Studio.Tamara Flanagan


This room is attractive because it is relaxed, comfortable and can accommodate many people with different seating options and a large central low table. The palette is neutral, yet multi-layered and textured. We used a mix of upholstery fabrics including bouclé and leather, vintage style carpet and medium colored wood elements for added warmth. — Design studio Beige & Bleu, Morgan Mackintosh and Nicole Keys,

A laundry room with a dog shower by Kelly McGuill Home.Kyle J. Caldwell


We created this laundry room with a dog shower as part of an update to make this early 1900’s home livable for today. The design is timeless, elegant and functional, yet true to the original character of the house. Customers had seen herringbone flooring like this on their travels. These durable, brick-like pavers add old-world charm. We think people can really see themselves using the space and enjoying it. — Kelly McGuill, Kelly McGuill House,

A living room by Lawless Design.Joyelle West


We wanted to update this classic Victorian home, but didn’t understand its character. We achieved this by layering various textures and materials on a neutral base. To make this living room a warm space where the family can gather, we added a fireplace and custom cabinetry. I think people reacted to it because of the heat the room gives off. Handmade zellige tile adds a unique and cool feel, while client artwork brings the space to life. — Hannah Oravec, Lawless Design,

A living room by Robin Gannon Interiors.Michael J. Lee

SALONMillennium Tower

I love this living room. I think people react to the depth of color as well as the geometry of the panels, which adds texture to the walls. The monochromatic color palette and layers of visual interest make this a calming and inviting space. There is always comfort in the depth of color. — Robin Gannon, Robin Gannon Interiors,

An office in Millennium Tower by Elms Interior Design.Michael J. Lee

OFFICE, Millennium Tower

We think people are drawn to this space because it balances warm and cool tones, which is comforting and relaxing. The natural woven wallpaper has a metallic thread that adds a layer of texture, and the natural walnut desk and shelves bring such warmth to the space. The unexpected pop of color from the millwork blends seamlessly with the neutral palette without being distracting. — Dee Elms, Elms Interior Design,

A patio by Robin M. Anderson and Lim Design Studio.Sabrina Cole Quinn Photography


We are all looking for a little retreat from our everyday lives. Indoor/outdoor living allows you to take respite in your own home, almost like a mini-vacation. It’s a perfect place to get away from it all, whether with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. It’s directly next to the main house, through a set of French doors, so it’s also convenient for entertaining. It is furnished in an affordable and simple way, which allows the architecture to shine. —Robin Anderson, Robin M. Anderson, in collaboration with Lim Design Studio,

A powder room by Joshua Alan Interiors.Maggie Room


We’ve transformed a dated powder room into an inviting space with a touch of style. Custom green lacquered vanity with brass hairpin legs led design. The random pattern of the handmade Italian tiles adds whimsy. We were hoping to maximize the small space by installing a wall hung toilet, but an old pipe got in the way of the swap. In the end, the design did not suffer. —Joshua Alan Carpluk, Joshua Alan Interiors,

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