Though the family who calls this dwelling home lives in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, the home itself defies the traditional expectations of this wealthy enclave. The decor, executed by West Hollywood–based interior designer Tracie Butler, introduces elements of both drama and comfort. “I wanted to introduce a little bit of crazy,” she says. “We just wanted a touch so it wouldn’t be overpowering.”

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When a professional couple living in Vancouver, British Columbia, began to look for a new condominium with interiors that suited their taste and physical requirements, they quickly found themselves back on their own doorstep. It soon became obvious that nothing matched their unique location in the heart of the city, or remarkable view of the urban skyline and nearby mountains—and there was no place like their own home.          
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It’s often said that your garden is your private sanctuary. In a perfect world, that’s certainly true. But the harsh realities of urban living—like nosy neighbors, unwanted wildlife, or the glare of city street lights are much more likely to present obstacles when achieving that perfection. And you’re not alone in this dilemma: In the United States alone, more than thirty-five million single-family houses sit on small city lots with neighbors on all sides, and little separation among them.           
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In an idyllic setting such as California’s Newport Harbor, design installations should be a breeze. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case in this bedroom suite remodel by interior designer Warren Sheets. Although the goal was to capitalize on the exceptional view, the existing layout presented some unexpected hurdles. After reconfiguring a fireplace system and installing sliding doors for an uninterrupted panorama, it was smooth sailing.           
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