34 homes that inspired us in 2016

From a rustic Aspen chalet to a gleaming New York high-rise apartment, these spaces kept us daydreaming all year long.



The homes on display in such Nancy Meyers films as It's Complicated and Something's Gotta Give served as inspiration for this airy family home by BHDM Design on Long Island, New York

What makes a house a home? Is it a living room with an ocean view or a kitchen ideally conceived for entertaining, a modern layout that allows for an airy, open flow or discrete rooms that lend historical charm? AD editors have seen plenty of gorgeous, pin-worthy residences over the last year, but some captured our imaginations with their unexpected intimacy and pitch-perfect design. Here, we rounded up 34 homes that made an impression in 2016, from a 1920s-inspired retreat in Portland, Oregon, and a sleek midcentury-style apartment in Los Angeles to a cozy whitewashed cabin on the Italian Riviera and a minimalist beach house on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. You'll find there's something for everyone, whether you prefer modern high-rises or low-key farmhouses. But one thing is certain: Each one of these homes has enough inspiration to spark an endless number of ideas for decorating, reinventing, or simply enjoying your own home in 2017.