She zeroed in on a lively Jeanne Lorioz
oil painting that Carroll bought in Paris. It
depicts a woman wearing a polka dot dress
and inspired Donohue to sheath one wall with
a red-and-white Dedar wallcovering with a
polka dot effect.
The fireplace, its river rock surround
extending to the ceiling, was too conventional
for Carroll’s liking, so Donohue transformed
it with dyed plaster treated with mineral oil
and beeswax to deepen the texture and color.
Phillip Jeffries grass cloth in bright pink on
the other three walls “has a feminine feel that
balances out the ruggedness of the fireplace,”
Carroll’s stone-topped coffee table with
turned mahogany legs was paired with deep
Vanguard sofas that Donohue had upholstered in white faux fur. A large animal print
rug in midnight blue grounds the space. “I like
to do patterns on rugs because it hides stains
and nylon is very family-friendly,” says Donohue. “It also adds a lot of movement. The pat-
sunday mornings are spent stretched out in the
chaise longues by Lee Industries. A fuchsia-and-
white shag rug plays off the bright pink grass-cloth
wallcovering and adds comfort to the area.
homeowner brooke carroll was drawn to the
green B & B Italia swivel chair with blue stitching
for its contemporary vibe. A red powder-coated
welded stainless steel sculpture is by German
artist Rainer Lagemann.