Donna Hochman’s clients asked her to transform the loft of their Arlington home into a colorful destination inspired by their sangeet, a celebration that takes place the week before a Hindu wedding. “I love the beautiful, colorful silks in their wedding photos, so I started out collecting fabrics,” says Hochman, founder of Distinctive Interiors. When customers showed her a closet full of festive Indian clothes, Hochman begged them to let her incorporate one into the mix. “The pink pillows made from the husband’s jacket are the crown jewels,” she says.

1 Hochman dragged the rug from the guest bedroom into this space when she discovered it featured the same colors as the pillows. She also appropriated a hammered metal table from another room and bought a second one in a different shape.

2 A custom velor mattress cover turned the world market Indonesian daybed into the main attraction of the room. “The fuchsia velvet satisfied her desire to use pink upstairs,” notes Hochman.

3 Paisley, polka dot and solid pillows customized with a sparkle complete the trio of pink and gold embroidered pillows made from the husband’s jacket.

4 Walls and trim are Benjamin Moore White Dove, a warm white that’s bright but not harsh in the sun. Hochman skipped the drapery in favor of the arched window celebration.

5 The designer enhanced the back of the bookcase by painting some in aqua and others in metallic gold. “We used aqua throughout the house, so it made sense to carry it out,” she says.

6 Hochman based the built-ins on a bookcase she admired in a hotel bar in Tel Aviv. “Their daybed was too small for the space, so we flanked the windows with shelves,” she says.


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