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Healthy eating takes planning. Keeping foods fresh, delicious and visually appealing takes using Liebherr appliances, whose German-engineered products are known all over the world for their advanced food preservation technology, energy-efficiency and sophisticated, elegant design.

Among the 67-year-old company’s most timely innovations is BioFresh technology, which guarantees the perfect setting to preserve food of all kinds. It employs customizable, individual climate-controlled compartments that maintain the correct temperature and humidity levels to maximize flavor and minimize waste for every ingredient. Liebherr’s patented BioFresh technology is designed to double, and sometimes triple, the lifespan of your food. Its unique BioFresh drawers offer humidity and temperature control, ensuring your fruits and vegetables have the humid climate they need to stay crisp, and your dairy, fish and meat are stored in their ideal dry conditions.

Liebherr is constantly engineering and imagining better products, from wine cabinets to undercounter units and fully integrated refrigerator/freezer combinations.

Beyond innovative technology, Liebherr also brings exemplary design to the table. The company has envisioned refrigeration from the inside out so that every appliance, from flexible undercounter fridges to wine cabinets and fully integrated refrigerator/freezer units, is crafted to please the eye as well as the palate.

Case in point: the Monolith Collection, which includes the new French Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator. This appliance integrates into any kitchen without compromising valuable space. Winner of the prestigious 2022 Architectural Digest Great Design Award, it’s the perfect combination of high tech and high design.

Monolith offers a wealth of cutting-edge features, including an intuitive-touch control panel, an eco-friendly interior-lighting system and Wi-Fi connectivity, which lets users select infinite cooling options from their phones or tablets.

To discover the entire Liebherr collection, visit home.liebherr.com.

Barbara Hawthorn

Josh Hildreth

Arlene Critzos & Joyce Pearl

Erika Bonnell

Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas

Bonnie Ammon


Meet Bonnie

What room in your home is most relaxing and why?
My breakfast room. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow a full view to the outdoors. I love being able to watch the wildlife playing outside while sipping my coffee.

Name a vintage or antique piece you pine for.
I swoon over antique English biscuit barrels—doesn’t matter if they’re crystal or silver, each is unique. I imagine the stories they could tell.

Describe wallpaper you’ve recently used and why it’s special.
I just installed Phillip Jeffries Burled Chevron. It’s a wood veneer with a hint of metallic throughout.

What patterns—or solids—define your personal aesthetic?
I love neutral, textured solids as a backdrop for bold geometrics and plaids. My aesthetic is livable luxury, with pops of color and touches of glamour and drama throughout.

A tranquil master bath is outfitted with a French Bateau soaking tub that occupies a marble-clad niche. Moody, textured-grass-cloth walls impart serenity to a primary bedroom where pops of pink and a bubble chandelier add a dose of drama.

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

Meet Dennese

Name an heirloom you’d never part with.
Two white porcelain poodle figurines from my childhood home sit watch on my fireplace hearth. Childhood treasures are irreplaceable.

I obsess over...
The scale of furnishings relative to room dimension. Scale impacts room flow and lifestyle, influencing seating, lamp and table selections.

Favorite design trend or movement?
The trend toward timeless designs that are functional, luxurious and embrace each client’s lifestyle. Neutral colors, proper lighting and quality furnishings are the underpinnings. Clients appreciate transitional, sustainable home designs.

Favorite color combination?
There is a distinct elegance associated with rich beiges and cool grays. My signature designs build upon a neutral palette and are punctuated with pops of color such as crimson, purple or orange, etc.

Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas created an elegant, neutral piano room for a baby grand, utilizing soft, tranquil grays, taupes and blues. An accent wall clad in textured wallpaper adds dimension to a soothing, Zen-inspired bedroom (right) enlivened by small pops of color.

Interiors by Design LLC
interiorsbydesignmd.com - 301-933-7723

Meet Erika

Color palette you love?
I gravitate toward strong, saturated color. I want my surroundings to stimulate my senses and provide an inspiring dose of energy.

Celebrity designer crush?
I love Summer Thornton for her fearless use of color and pattern; Kelly Wearstler for her avant-garde eye; and Martyn Lawrence Bullard for his details and layered, dramatic approach.

What elements would you combine if a client with no budget restraints asked for a “collected look?”
Amazing architectural elements; original art; statement lighting; a few antique rugs and furnishings; unique fabrics and wall coverings; and modern, iconic upholstery.

What patterns—or solids—define your personal aesthetic?
I’m very much drawn to abstract patterns that were created with a modern, artistic approach.

Clockwise from opposite: Scenic wallpaper and statement art welcome visitors. Bonnell created a cushy window seat in a family room for reading or taking in garden views. A mom and her two kids share a chic and organized home office.

Erika Bonnell Interiors
erikabonnell.com - 703-468-1049

Meet Arlene (left) & Joyce (right)

What color palette do you love?
Joyce: Warm neutrals on a light base. I add pops of color for fun or black and charcoal for contrast. The palette is timeless and the pops keep it current.

Name a vintage piece you pine over.
Arlene: I like working vintage architectural elements into new construction.

What exciting art work did you recently acquire for a client?
Arlene: Hand-painted panels on antique rice paper.

What patterns—or solids—define your personal aesthetic?
Joyce: My personal preference is solids and interesting textures, adding subtle patterns or soft geometrics.

Describe your favorite sofa.
Arlene: My living room sofa allows comfort with style. It’s clad in mohair and layered with textured pillows.

Clockwise from opposite: A light-filled living room juxtaposes sleek lines with organic elements; bold architectural elements are softened by organic patterns and sheer draperies. A colorful rug grounds a restful bedroom, accented with complementary pops of color.

Interior Concepts, Inc.
interiorconceptsinc.com - 410-224-7366

Meet Josh

Color palette you love?
I am a nature lover and I love the magnolia tree’s palette: glossy green, golden tobacco, ivory white, buttercream, silvery gray and blush pink.

Describe a special wallpaper you recently used.
Sandstone by Victoria Larson is a fantastic digitally printed grass cloth with a watery ombre design. Wallpaper can be a game-changer, and it doesn’t have to be bold to be impactful.

Celebrity designer crush?
Michael Taylor is a favorite. Very ahead of his time; he lightened things up with sunshine, plants and breezy palettes and was the original mixer of antique and modern.

Favorite chair in your home?
We have an odd Jacobean chair that looks like it came out of “The Munsters.” Found on a sidewalk in my 20s, it follows us from house to house.

Clockwise from opposite: Josh Hildreth conjured a grand yet relaxed living room for a showhouse in Potomac. A cheerful sunroom beckons in a Northwest DC home. Deep-toned walls are a cozy backdrop to a bold, painted screen and antique furniture in a stylish foyer.

Josh Hildreth Interiors
joshhildrethinteriors.com - 571-449-3508

Meet Barbara

Color palette you love?
Color resonates with me—vibrant, subtle, even neutral. I try to be a “color ambassador” and find a palette that resonates with each client.

Name an exciting work of art you acquired for a client.
A home without art has no soul. Recently, I introduced clients to the paintings of iconic DC artist Sam Gilliam. They now own six.

Describe a recent project you’re most proud of...
I created bespoke interiors that interpret classics in fresh, timeless style for a 2010, Tudor-style estate.

What elements would you combine if a client with no budget asked for a “collected look?”
As exemplified by the project above: major artworks; silk rugs threaded with silver and gold; Murano glass sconces; and a sumptuous sofa inset with silvered-eucalyptus tables.

Barbara Hawthorn made a statement in a grand entry with art and custom furnishings. Built-ins incorporate woven shades, an entertainment center and an onyx-and-glass fireplace surround. A cozy grouping around a custom designed layered-stone fireplace.

Barbara Hawthorn Interiors
barbarahawthorninteriors.com - 703-241-5588

On June 29th, Home & Design celebrated the launch of its July/August 2022 issue with a festive event at Best Tile in Falls Church. Guests mingled, enjoyed drinks and bites and explored the showroom’s exquisite installations.

The Design Collective DC (DCDC) held a Summer Open House on July 21st in the Washington Design Center’s Century showroom. Founded last year, this local organization promotes racial diversity in the design industry. DCDC’s new advisory board was introduced at the event. For more information, visit designcollectivedc.com.

HOME&DESIGN, published bi-monthly by Homestyles Media Inc., is the premier magazine of architecture and fine interiors for the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia region.

The company also publishes an annual H&D Sourcebook of ideas and resources for homeowners and professionals alike. H&D Chesapeake Views is published bi-annually and showcases fine home design and luxury living in and around the Chesapeake Bay.

The H&D Portfolio of 100 Top Designers spotlights the superior work of selected architects, interior designers and landscape architects in major regions of the US.

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