Most Serene Retreat

Grab some virtual R&R in these restful getaways.

And the award goes to... Angela Rasmussen, winner of the most serene retreat category.

Angela Rasmussen

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Luxurious Transitional Master Bedroom With Tray Ceiling

A textured wall treatment creates a stunning backdrop for the sophisticated bed in this transitional bedroom. The metallic gleam of the tray ceiling and bedding lends a luxurious feel to the space. A vivid purple bench and complementary throw pillows add nice touches of color.

Fabrics Add Color and Texture to Neutral Transitional Bedroom

Warm tones of brown envelop this transitional master bedroom, creating a rich, inviting space. A metallic tray ceiling, lush fabrics and a purple bench complete the luxurious look.

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With Sleek Soaking Tub

A luxurious black chandelier hangs above the sleek soaking tub in this contemporary bathroom, adding a dramatic ambiance to the space. Dark brown cubed cabinetry provides storage for linens and other bathroom necessities.

Contemporary Spa-Like Bathroom With Long Double Vanity

Chocolate-brown cabinetry fills this contemporary bathroom, providing ample storage for the spacious neutral room. The mosaic tile backsplash, long double vanity and sleek white vessel sinks add chic sophistication to the space.

Contemporary Master Bathroom With Glass-Paneled Shower

Sleek glass panels offer a view into the beige tile shower in this contemporary master bathroom. A square skylight allows light to fill the spacious neutral bathroom, ensuring an open, airy feel.

Sarah Barnard

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Living Room Is Sea of Tranquility

A wall of windows abuts a wall of mirrors in this oceanfront living room, creating a dreamy space that feels almost as if it's floating on a cloud. Walls, floors and furnishings are light and neutral, while warm wood accents ground the space and provide warmth. Sheer draperies layered beneath eggshell-hued panels add to the room's ethereal feel.

Photo By: Brad Nicol

Light-Filled Living Room by the Sea

Earth-friendly materials, organic textiles and ethereal accents tie this space to its beautiful oceanside setting. The room's clean, neutral palette is layered with contrasting textures, from a nubby woven rug to a rough-hewn coffee table to a pair of smooth, white poufs that serve as extra seating. Dozens of tiny bulbs adorn the structured wire pendant, adding a touch of whimsy in the dining space.

Photo By: Brad Nicol

A Serene Seaside Retreat

Driftwood accents and wall art that's as subtle as sea foam trailing over sand tie this living room to its seaside setting and layer it with interesting texture. Window treatments and furnishings are neutral, drawing the eye to the peaceful view beyond. Sheer draperies add to the room's ethereal feel.

Photo By: Brad Nicol

Living Room Offers Space to Dream

An original sculpture formed from hand-thrown clay disks captures the calming energy of this home's coastal environment. A custom sectional sofa is a comfortable spot for lounging, napping or enjoying the ocean views.

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Earthy Elements in Seaside Living Space

Organic accessories like orchid, driftwood and coral connect this ethereal living room to its coastal surroundings. The room's clean, neutral palette is layered with contrasting textures, including a nubby throw on the custom-made sectional sofa.

Photo By: Brad Nicol

Nicholas Moriarty

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Modern Cabin Features Open Stairs & Streamlined Kitchen

An open floor plan and open stairway allow this modern cabin to feel cohesive and fluent. The kitchen's custom concrete countertops have a waterfall edge and a low profile, allowing users to enjoy the wooded Alaskan views from different spots in the home.

Sleek Modern Staircase in Open Floor Plan

A modern wood and metal staircase winds through three levels of this treehouse-inspired vacation retreat. Natural, earthy materials connect the house to its woodsy Alaska setting.

Modern Cabin Living Room Nestled in the Trees

The loft-like living space in this Alaska vacation retreat is at home among the treetops and, in fact, was envisioned as a "treehouse for adults." The exposed wood and open plan were chosen to complement the setting and provide uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains and forest. Furnishings pull from the natural, woodsy palette.

Neutral Transitional Living Room Embraces Woodsy Setting

Comfortable seating in hues that echo the surrounding landscape creates a homey retreat amidst the treetops in this transitional living room. Windows extend nearly 30 feet in height, bathing the space in light and offering breathtaking views of the forested Alaska terrain. Materials are grounded and earthy, from the wood-plank coffee table to the metal lamps to the natural window moldings.

Native Materials Tie Loft Living Area to Alaska Setting

Natural wood with exposed joinery and a stunning wood accent wall pull from the forested setting and make this loft-like living space seem suspended in the trees. Windows in the space extend as high as 28 feet, while horizontal rails on the balcony and stairs echo the spindly lines of tree trunks and provide uninterrupted views.

Nile Johnson

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Alluring Bedroom With Mix of Styles

The mix-up of styles has a soothing affect in this master bedroom. From the traditional Persian rug and the transitional x-base stools to the more modern platform bed with downy bed linens, the aesthetic is held together in perfect balance. Minimal prints and a neutral palette help pull off the look.

Transitional Master Bedroom With Chandelier and Fireplace

Despite its calm exterior, this master suite receives a stylish dose of texture through a beaded pendant chandelier. The iridescent beads, combined with the bronzed fixture, have an earthy elegance that's echoed in the stacked firewood and framed print above the mantel. A pair of chairs next to the fireplace offer a welcome place to sit and relax.

Transitional Seating Area Beside Fireplace

Designed with a soothing color palette, the room layers practical pieces and choice accessories with a discerning eye. The transitional seating area adds to the relaxed atmosphere of the space with streamlined accent chairs and plump throw pillows–– both of which call out the blue-gray walls and honey drapery.

Storage Galore: Built-In Shelving & Drawers

Wall-to-wall storage is a coveted feature in any home, but to be done so stylishly in the bedroom is the envy of every homeowner. The built-in cabinets with brass knobs and pull-out drawers are a functional stand-in for a regular closet and they make use of the space in the hallway.

Red Vanity & Double Shower Curtains in Feminine Bathroom

A cherry red vanity adds a pop of color to this neutral bathroom. A decorative mirror hangs above the counter and ties together the frilly details: double shower curtains, a small stool and ornamental glass canisters.

Lauren Clement

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Slate Tile Flooring in Spa Bathroom With Chandelier

Upgraded flooring, gorgeous charcoal gray slate in a large scale tile, makes this spa bathroom feel even larger.

Serene Master Bathroom With Floating Vanity

This master bathroom went from dated and lackluster to chic and updated with a custom floating vanity and sleek frameless mirror.

Pale Wood Dresser Doubles as Linen Closet

In lieu of a linen closet, a beautiful dresser stands in as functional storage space for a spacious master bathroom.

Photo By: D Randolph Foulds

Amy Elbaum

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Transitional Neutral Nursery Is Light, Glamorous

This sweet, neutral nursery is filled with softness and light. Walls in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing give way to a subtly patterned Romo wallpaper used on the ceiling for added impact. Built-in shelves and cabinets offer plenty of storage for baby items and toys, and a sheepskin rug provides comfort underfoot.

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Ceiling Treatment Gives Neutral Nursery Wow Factor

Used on the ceiling, this tone-on-tone wallpaper by Romo makes a big design statement while retaining its glamorous subtlety. Perforated cabinet doors, crisp white millwork and pillows in a range of fabrics build layers of texture that add interest to the space.

Neutral New York Nursery Features Built-In Storage

This nursery on New York’s Upper East side features neutral walls, furnishings and flooring that gain interest from layers of texture. Built-in cabinetry is customized with furniture-style feet, perforated doors and glass pulls. Cubbies provide ample storage for toys and books.

Neutral New York Nursery Is Classic, Tasteful

A traditional white crib and white upholstered rocker are layered against walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing, creating a neutral nursery with understated glamour. Wall-to-wall carpeting is topped by a sheepskin rug that adds softness and texture. Pretty pink baskets provide storage for stuffed toys.

Function, Style Merge in Neutral New York Nursery

A gold starburst mirror adds a little color and a lot of glam to this sweet, neutral nursery on New York’s Upper East Side. A traditional white dresser is topped by a changing station, with a soft pink basket to hold supplies. Walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing.

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