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Modern DC Condo by JLA Designs

Perfectly Balanced Boldness

When bold, punchy colors meet a sophisticated neutral palette, the result is balanced modern design. East Coast-based designer Jodi Alexander Berger is a master of this modern approach. The REstyleSOURCE team recently came across this vibrant Washington, D.C. condo by Jodi (as JLA Designs), and couldn’t resist its bold jewel tones and prominent patterned rugs. Jodi says, “I wanted this house to feel edgy and fun while maintaining a classic, neutral foundation.” Light walls contrasting with dark wood flooring & details in the master and kitchen help to create this neutral foundation. “Pattern and pops of color are brought out through the accessories and accents while the larger pieces such as the headboard and sectional have a neutral palette.  This allows the interior to be energetic yet livable.” We checked in with Jodi for even more design details on this fabulous condo, which we’re sharing below along with our roundup of REstyle Picks. Follow the links and get this bold, modern look at a shop near you!


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“I was inspired by the open spaces and the plain white walls contrasted by black interior window frame.  The house was a blank canvas with simple lines, which was the perfect foundation for a modern, vibrant interior!”

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“The back wall of this master bedroom was completely custom designed to fit two zebrawood nightstands and a modern upholstered headboard in a cream colored faux leather and Macassar Ebony.”

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My two favorite pieces in this house are the custom rugs we designed for the living room and master bedroom, both made by Stark Carpet.  The rug in the master bedroom features a dramatic sunburst pattern and was designed to wrap around the entire space, completed with warm tones of cream, taupe and beige.  The living room rug has an ivory backdrop with a bold, free form pattern. Both area rugs provide character and movement to the already vibrant house.

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“The dining, cooking and living spaces are all in one open area, so we were very intricate in our space planning process.  We separated the space by using vibrant area rugs.  I wanted to keep the furniture light in order to make the space feel open, but ensure they were substantial pieces for my clients.”

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1.Royalton Oval Chandelier  2.  Black Leather Pouf  3. Clayton Rug  4. Plasma Camden Tape Pillow  5. Charmer Pillow  6. Poppy Ivory Band Pillow  7. Quince Velvet Lumbar Pillow  8. Incite Camden Tape Pillow  9. X-Record Table  10. Lampert Sectional  11. Hollis Rug  12. River Stone Table

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From an early age, Jodi Berger had a passion for colors, textures and patterns. After earning her bachelor of design at the University of Florida, she had the opportunity to work under three very talented and established designers and favorite retail brand One Kings Lane before going out on her own. JLA Designs is a boutique design firm specializing in interior design, eDesign and interior architecture with a goal to create a balanced, functional and luxurious design for every client. With a strong architectural background and extensive rendering skills, Jodi is able to offer her clients the complete design package, knowing, the ability to communicate visually is key to a successful design. As a design firm, each of our projects are treated as a blank canvas with a priority to reflect the clients' unique styles and personalities. Jodi has mastered the art of mixing old and new elements, while working closely with her clients to ensure a timeless, fresh and chic interior. To sum it up, Jodi is a detail-oriented perfectionist obsessed with interior design and decor. You can find some of her residential projects featured in DC Luxury Magazine and Home & Design. Her design experience, expertise, and easy going personality makes the entire design process enjoyable and efficient. The end result is a happy client with a stylish and comfortable space, always loved by all!

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