Coveted Crib: Exotic, Monochrome, and Glamorous

The word "neutral" lives in danger of bringing to mind "plain," but Danish fashion designer Malene Birger has managed to create a magical home for herself using nearly all achromatic hues like black, white, and beige. Artwork, candles, silver, accessories, flea market finds, texture, and plenty of textiles play an important role in bringing liveliness to her home, while the calm palette offers a sense of harmony. Beyond that, every room has a keen sense of balance — rugs in just the right place, artwork framing furniture, and seating arranged for dialogue. If her chic living room makes you smile, then you'll love the rest of her house.