Erika Bonnell overhauls a young client’s Arlington condo with a pastel palette and soft, feminine lines

When Lindsay Stuckey, a young real estate agent, tapped Erika Bonnell to overhaul her condominium, the designer relished the challenge. Stuckey was drawn to the two-bedroom Arlington apartment, where she intends to live for the next five years, by its lofty views of DC. But the outdated interiors cried out for a makeover.

Bonnell gutted the entire space, working with Sonnenday Custom Builders to sell my house fast channel a fresh look that suited Stuckey’s aesthetic without breaking the bank. “We ripped out the kitchen and baths, removed floors and dropped ceilings for decorative lighting,” Bonnell explains. White walls and wood-look floors created a blank slate for a new pastel color scheme and a blend of classic and contemporary furnishings. “I would call it modern, updated traditional with a lean toward softer, feminine lines,”

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Jomo Tariku’s bold new furniture designs emerge from traditional African forms

Growing up in Addis Ababa, Jomo Tariku liked to sketch the furniture and artifacts that his father, a military attaché for the Ethiopian government, collected from Africa and around the world. He drew the hand-carved Asian tables and Persian rugs in the living room, the Scandinavian dining room set and the African masks, carved ivory tusks and copper trays from Zambia, the Congo, Zaire and Kenya. “Our house was like a bazaar, very eclectic,” recalls Tariku, who never imagined that his exact representations of items at home would lead to a career as a furniture designer.

Among the mix, one piece made a lasting impression: the three-legged African stool. The legacy of this useful object, he says, “seeped into my psyche. Those craftspeople had more influence on my work than anyone else.” Today, three-legged African stools are sought-after accent

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