When designer Erika Bonnell was enlisted to overhaul the interiors of an Oakton, Virginia, home, her task included very specific instructions for the master bedroom. “The wife is obsessed with Lisa Vanderpump,” Bonnell recounts. She wanted a bedroom in the style of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”—one that would exude femininity and romance. Fortunately, the husband was on board with this directive. “He just wanted function and comfort,” observes the designer.
Bonnell started out by researching the popular TV personality’s home. At her client’s request, she selected soft rose for the walls—a Benjamin Moore hue called Pleasant Pink. A plush wall-to-wall carpet in pale gray serves as a neutral foil, while a shiny silver-leaf treatment by Twin Diamond Studios on the tray ceiling contributes a touch of glam.
Throughout the room, Bonnell employed mirrored surfaces, crystal pieces and soft, billowy fabrics in creamy white and light gray. A tufted Vanguard bedstead upholstered in white Kravet velvet sets the stage, with bedding by Matouk. At the foot of the bed, a Hickory Chair bench covered in Kravet fabric gives off a subtle sheen. Twin John-Richard nightstands with mirrored fronts hold Bradburn Gallery table lamps with pink ceramic bases. Above, a brass-and-crystal chandelier by Visual Comfort makes a grand statement.
A seating alcove, which opens out to a balcony, holds a pair of elegant armchairs from Oly drawn up to a Worlds Away coffee table. Existing built-ins painted lustrous white are adorned with decorative items and flank an inviting window seat. A busy mother of young kids, the wife “wanted an escape,” Bonnell notes. “She asked for space where she could go in and close the door, that would make her feel special and glamorous. So that’s what we gave her.”
Interior Design: Erika Bonnell, Erika Bonnell Interiors, Haymarket, Virginia. Photography: Stacy Zarin Goldberg.
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