See 4 stunning homes by AD100 designer Jeremiah Brent

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A chic residence in Manhattan

“Though it hadn’t been touched much in two generations, it was filled with emotion.” That’s what interior designer Jeremiah Brent says of a Manhattan apartment that for decades was the anchor of a Latino family – home of their beloved matriarch; the place for memorable gatherings, social dinners and celebrations of all kinds. Everyone knew the Park Avenue property needed a makeover when it recently passed into the hands of a new generation, but, adds the New York talent, the job would proving to be a challenge for everyone involved, both personally and professionally. “It couldn’t lose any of its spirit, but we had to bring in light and more modern elements,” he explains. “The approach had to honor the client’s mother who had lived there for so long, while bringing her into the present while still leaving room for the future. It had to be a fresh start, but a delicate one.”Mitchell Owens

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An airy LA pad

“Brian and Tracy’s last house was a Tudor without much sunlight, so the question was, ‘How do you bring a bright, contemporary spirit into a house with traditional bones?’ Here the challenge was reversed – we wanted to bring a sense of warmth and coziness to an immaculate, modern home,” explains Brent. As expected, Berkus has his own opinion: “They didn’t want to go completely neutral,” he jokes. “They didn’t want a room with three perfectly modern pieces of furniture.” Instead, the designers orchestrated an unpretentious, decade-long symphony of chic, supremely comfortable furniture, many of which were repurposed from the homeowners’ previous residence.Mayer Rus

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The All-White DC home of a former NHL player

High ceilings, large windows, and impressive skylights all help bring in plenty of natural light [this] Homeland, which Brent says played a crucial role in opening up the formerly dark space. . . . “We took a lot of inspiration from Europe,” says Brent, whose love of craftsmanship and interiors was first cultivated with furniture design. “Everything should be integrated and clean, so we stayed aloof from any trends.” One of the biggest changes – and challenges – involved the home’s staircase, which was flipped from one side of the property to the other. “Moving the stairs isn’t necessarily easy,” says Brent. “But it really gave us the versatility to do so much more with interior aesthetics and utilize more of the home.”Troy J McCullen

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