Outtakes from Home & Design

So of course I was thrilled to see my story on the cover of this month’s Home & Design,

All photography by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

which features a home in DC that designer Erika Bonnell decorated for a couple who initially weren’t planning on a whole-house overhaul. As the story explains, a huge flood from burst pipes caused so much damage that everything had to be gutted at the same time the owners were getting ready to add on.

As is the case with nearly every story I write, there were a TON more pictures than the magazine had space to run. So here are some of my favorite outtakes that are not depicted in the piece:

This is a wider view of the foyer. Erika added mirrors to the closet doors to reflect light around the space, and the grid echoes the beautiful transoms over the French doors at the end. And see that solid black door on the left?

It leads to this dazzling powder room. Erika’s clients told her they were inspired by large shells that were used to hold items at a resort in Bali. Erika found something similar and turned it into a sink. She paired it with glam hardware, and I cannot get over that wallpaper! There are even purple flecks in the thick quartz countertop.

That color picks up again in this dreamy dining room:

Benjamin Moore’s Amorous AF-600 covers the walls. The chandelier is by Oly Studio. The Klismos chairs are by Mr. and Mrs. Howard, covered in fabric by Schumacher, and the drapes are Brunschwig & Fils.

Pops of color are Erika’s signature, and I’m NUTS for this custom Vent-A-Hood range hood from Ferguson, complete with mirrored trim.

That same hue makes another appearance—in a big way—in the adjacent family room. The owners love this color because it reminds them of their travels in the Caribbean.

The twin sectionals are by Kristin Drohan and the coffee tables are by Currey & Co. The swivel armchair (which has a twin in the foreground that isn’t pictured) is by Lee Industries. The vibrant paint is Sherwin Williams Cloudburst SW 6487.

Laundry rooms don’t often get featured, unless it’s a story about laundry rooms. Bur Erika didn’t hold back, even in this humble space.

The mudroom on the other side of the wall is pretty cool, too.

And I adore this sweet vanity chair in the master bath upstairs.

The chair is by Hickory Chair, and it’s covered in Kravet’s Night Vine in China Blue.

Want to see more rooms? Just check out the story, right here.


  1. Congratulations on the cover story! Would love to see more of the upstairs master bath!