Chic Modern Attitude in Brazil: Apto Reserva Arvoredo by Mauricio Karam

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Elegance, style, and an easygoing attitude are all evident here in this Apto Reserva Arvoredo by architect and designer Mauricio Karam from Brazil. With the city of Rio beneath it, this dwelling has a relaxed, open floor plan that takes advantage of large expanses of glass and a great view. The living room is a study in comfort: leather lounge chairs, deep cushioned couches, cozy striped rug. Amble a few steps and you sit down to gracious dining at a modern cream-colored table and upholstered high-backed chairs backed by full-length white draperies. For less formal get-togethers, a low lounger and wicker furniture await, offering a wide-angle panoramic view of sky and skyline; wood flooring, a unifying feature through most of the apartment, gives way to a laminate in selected spots.

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Tucked away from the “public” areas of the apartment are a master bedroom with smooth cream bedding and a leather headboard — and a smaller bedroom just for fun, with a cheerful red athletic-shoe graphic on the wall and red-and-gray striped daybed. The eat-in kitchen is streamlined and modern, with dark wood grain camouflaging storage areas, stainless steel appliances reflecting indirect light, and a granite-topped island giving you plenty of work space. The round white table is strictly modern; chairs with woven backs and seats are a less “cutting edge” touch. And there’s a fun juxtaposition of an ornate-framed mirror and sleek rectangular fixtures in the bathroom, its walls papered with a soothing mauve stripe. Totally modern, yet without the sharp edges: that’s this contemporary design by Mauricio Karam.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).