Bonnie Ammon Interiors combined polished black porcelain with Thassos and Marmara Equator marbles in a custom foyer floor. “Flooring is an important design element,” says principal Bonnie Ammon. “I like to make it impactful. I think of it as art for the floor.”   Photo: Geoffrey Hodgdon
Jamie Merida, Jamie Merida Interiors
Laura Hildebrandt, IFDA, NKBA, Interiors by LH, LLC
Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC
Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, Ltd.
Jason Claire & Sarita Simpson, Interior Matter
Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors
Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio
Andrea Maaseide, Allied ASID, Studio 320 Interior Design
DuVäl Reynolds, DuVäl Design, LLC
Cathy Purple Cherry, Purple Cherry Architects
Jamie Merida, Jamie Merida Interiors
Laura Hildebrandt, IFDA, NKBA, Interiors by LH, LLC
Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC
Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, Ltd.
Jason Claire & Sarita Simpson, Interior Matter
Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors
Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio
Andrea Maaseide, Allied ASID, Studio 320 Interior Design
DuVäl Reynolds, DuVäl Design, LLC
Cathy Purple Cherry, Purple Cherry Architects

Ground Rules

Q+A with our design partners

The beauty of carpets & flooring


We love how beautiful luxury vinyl-plank flooring has become. We design a lot of beach and pool houses, and this material withstands water, kids and pets. The advancements in design and texture now make it suitable for high-end homes.

—Jamie Merida,Jamie Merida Interiors
jamiemerida.com
410-819-8666


Wood-look porcelain tile is versatile, durable and good-looking. It can mimic wood flooring or be added as an accent to a larger-scale porcelain design to create a diamond effect. We often install under-floor heating that expands ease of use.

—Laura Hildebrandt, IFDA, NKBA,, Interiors by LH, LLC
interiorsbylh.com
571-334-6476


I cannot get enough of painted floors. They are a great way to create a super-customizable look with high impact.

—Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC
laurafoxinteriordesign.com


Natural jute is a beautiful option for area rugs and wall-to-wall carpet—eco-friendly, easy to clean and durable even in high-traffic areas. When using it as an area rug or runner, consider adding a wide leather border to give it a tailored, high-end look.

—Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, Ltd.
BarbaraHawthornInteriors.com
703-241-5588

Photo by: Kenneth M. Wyner Photography


We recently renovated an Alexandria condo. Our client was drawn to the warmth of clear, French white-oak flooring by the Austrian company Mafi as a backdrop for an ultra-modern kitchen. A chemical-free, natural, oiled wood floor acts as a sponge to draw impurities out of the air.

—Jason Claire & Sarita Simpson, Interior Matter
interiormatter.com
202-900-3818


Bonnie Ammon
Bonnie Ammon Interiors
bonnieammoninteriors.com
703-778-5755

Melanie Whittington
Whittington Design Studio
whittingtondesignstudio.com
703-533-3705

Andrea Maaseide, Allied ASID
Studio 320 Interior Design
studio-320.com
571-459-2136


DuVäl Reynolds
DuVäl Design, LLC
duvalreynolds.com
703-989-05218


Cathy Purple Cherry
Purple Cherry Architects
purplecherry.com
410-990-1700