While every year we're floored by the sheer volume of striking home tours that come across our desk, MyDomaine editors agree 2016 was one of the best yet. From Lauren Conrad's elegant Pacific Palisades abode to Rebecca Minkoff's modern family apartment in New York and Lorna Jane's iconic Richard Neutra house, we've been invited to shoot some seriously cool spaces this year.
Even beyond our own personal tours, however, we've been sent some seriously cool inside looks from talented interior designers and photographers across the U.S. and overseas. To honor these prized places and a few we saw firsthand, we wanted to share the best rooms from each of our favorite tours this year to fuel your holiday inspiration. Happy pinning!
If there was one home tour that stood out above all else, it was the elegant home of Lauren Conrad. The television personality, designer, and author shares this Pacific Palisades retreat with her husband, William Tell, and it was nothing short of spectacular. The Spanish-style interior matched the Cali-cool aesthetic seamlessly. Add in those breathtaking views of Malibu and you have a recipe for perfection. Hands down our favorite living room of the year.
When styling an open-plan home, you need to consider all the elements so they juxtapose perfectly. We're pretty sure interior designer Danielle Colding nailed it with this modern Brooklyn duplex. The dining room backs onto a statement wall of Ellie Cashman floral wallpaper, and the end result is so striking you wouldn't even know that you're up against the stairwell. This space is packed with personality, and we're giving it a massive thumbs-up.
When we stepped inside the artful DTLA loft of actress Carlson Young (which she shares with her fiancé, musician Isom Innis of Foster the People), we fell hard. Its spirited mix of vintage with distinctive modern elements proves the young starlet clearly has an eye for design. While the whole house is gorgeous, today we're playing favorites, and the boudoir is definitely the best room in the house. With its show-stopping chandelier, dark accent wall, cross throw pillows, and freestanding ladder, it's a recipe for interior greatness.
With the recent runway shows awash with vibrant color, it was only a matter of time before that trickled down to interior design. This jewel-tone home in Austin, Texas, proves that bright is back, and we're 100% on board. From the living room to the bathroom, this abode is brimming with brilliant hues from teal to fuchsia, but it's the kitchen that really took our breath away. That deep blue is truly awe-inspiring. Expect to see this color come through in a big way for 2017, especially in the kitchen.
It's no secret that we're big fans of Scandinavian design here at MyDomaine HQ, and this bathroom proves why. Homeowner and Danish native Erik Rydingsvärd infused his minimal aesthetic in this Montréal apartment makeover, and we're positively swooning. The geometric tiles add a distinctly contemporary touch while the raw timber features add much-needed texture and warmth. It's heaven-sent.
We've fallen for the Aussie charm many times over, but there's one interior design firm that doesn't miss a design beat: Robson Rak Architects. The Melbourne-based design firm has produced many flawless interiors, but this minimal abode in the hip Toorak neighborhood made the whole MyDomaine team gasp with envy. Who wouldn't want a home office to look like this? Those pastel blue swivel chairs are the epitome of corporate elegance. Swoon.
When Australian activewear icon Lorna Jane Clarkson invited us to shoot her new Los Angeles home, we couldn't wait to see what she had in store. It wasn't until we stepped inside the Cali-cool space that we really understood (and felt) it's beauty. The iconic Case Study house was designed by famed architect Richard Neutra (it listed for $16.5 million), and Clarkson had kept most of the original features intact, only adding modern elements via the décor and furniture choices. The meditation room is where we really felt at peace, and now we're convinced every home should have one.
When she's not running a multimillion-dollar global company, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff is reveling in the mom's life with her two adorable children, Luca and Bowie. The ultimate mompreneur showed us inside her gorgeous family home in the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO. While the dining room is to die for, it's her daughter's nursery we fell in love with. The gender-neutral design is complemented by a textured timber accent wall with an illustrated underwater scene. We couldn't help but notice the small record player on the dresser too. Too cool, Minkoff. Too cool.
What could be more inviting than a cute puppy sitting sweetly on a striking geometric rug? We'd wager not much. This is exactly how an entryway should look. Minimal and clutter-free, with a few personal items to welcome guests into your world. Once again, Australian design firm Robson Rak Architects killed it with this one.