Get pink with this Homearma house.

Home ExteriorWhen Rick and Michelle Buonfigli decided to build a house as part of this year’s fall Homearma in north Suffolk’s upscale The Riverfront, they had no idea it would turn into a breast cancer awareness campaign.

Twenty-year veteran Homearama builder Chip Iuliano of Suffolk-based ABT Custom Homes said the dwelling’s theme originated with designer Beth Gilbert of Gilbert Interiors.

When Gilbert learned that Michelle Buonfigli was a breast cancer survivor, she coupled that with the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and came up with the “Get Pink” theme.

Gilbert has a heart for breast cancer awareness. Her mother, Marcia Grigg, also is a breast cancer survivor.

Buonfigli said that although she and her husband are private people, they fully embraced the opportunity to help others.

“I was all for it,” said Michelle Buonfigli. “This is a disease that affects so many people.”

Sentara also quickly got on board as the home’s sponsor.

For the next two weeks, the 3813-square-foot, five-bedroomGet Pink with Sentara-themed house will highlight breast cancer awareness and focus on promoting breast health by offering mammograms, health screenings, chair massages and healthy-cooking demonstrations.

The two-story transitional-style home features coffered and paneled ceilings, chef’s kitchen with granite counters and walk-in pantry, two fireplaces, a first-floor master suite and Craftsman-style accents throughout, including columns in the first floor’s entryway, foyer and hallway.

Gilbert described the interior design as transitional to traditional. She adapted a casual elegance to the conventional and earthy Craftsman style, so while the floors are dark oak, the spaces are light, open and cheerful. Gilbert used soothing neutrals throughout – tans, creams, browns, black and white – with pink accents in honor of the theme.

The furnishings have straight lines, textured and natural fibers, but avoid Craftsman austerity.

The Buonfiglis’ favorite home feature is the outdoor living area with a roomy pool house, in-ground pool, outdoor kitchen and paver-lined patio.

“We’re outdoor people, so this is something we’re really planning to enjoy,” Rick Buonfigli said.

As a whimsical finishing touch, the spacious two-car garage has a textured floor with a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon embedded in the middle – a perpetual reminder to the Buonfiglis of their family’s precious victory.

about the house

  • 3,813 square feet
  • Five bedrooms
  • Four baths
  • HardiPlank shake shingles, horizontal siding and stone exterior
  • Two casual living areas with fireplaces
  • Chef’s kitchen with island, granite counters and walk-in pantry
  • First-floor master suite
  • Master bath with two-person shower, jetted tub and sitting area
  • In-ground pool, pool house with outdoor kitchen and bathroom


Homearama Fall 2011: The Riverfront at Harbour View, Suffolk
Where: Homearama at The Riverfront at Harbour View
Date: Oct. 17, 2011 – Oct. 31, 2011
By Lia Russell
The Virginian-Pilot
October 18, 2011


Lia Russell,