For the past 8 years the DC Design House has been the premier design event of spring for the DC metor area. This year is is moving to the fall. Mark your calendars it opens to the public on October 2nd and closes October 30th. I am very honored and excited to be selected to participate in the 2016 DC Design House again this year. All 20 designers are busy right now painting, wallpapering, hanging light fixtures , installing new landscaping and more, getting ready for the grand opening.
I have been chosen to decorate the Living Room. A classically designed room with great mouldings, a white marble fireplace and plenty of natural light. The first impression of this year’s house is “refined elegance”, represented as you enter the foyer with the black and white marble floor. Taking cues from both the home’s architecture and the black and white beginning. I designed the Living Room to evoke elegance, glamour - yet restraint. My concept was to create a room that would by classic and perfect for entertaining. My starting point is a favorite fabric of mine named “Grey Gardens” fitting for a DC residence and it sets the tone of the room. The room is black and white with accents of Pear Green. As you enter the Living Room you will be awestruck by a black lacquer baby grand piano, with an upholstered skirted bench which hosts 1 of a pair of painted Italian peacocks. The walls – trim and ceiling will be painted in Farrow and Ball Estate Emulsion color Pointing.
The house chosen as this year’s site, which is right next door to the 2013 site, recently served as the temporary residence of the French Ambassador while his house underwent renovation. The residence — situated on a three-quarter-acre lot at 2509 Foxhall Road in DC’s Wesley Heights/Berkley neighborhood — was designed by GTM Architects and built in 2010 by Gibson Builders.
The site of the 9th annual DC Design House, located at 2509 Foxhall Road
Listed for $10.8 million by Nancy Itteilag of Washington Fine Properties, the 11,242 square-foot, five-story home boasts 7 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half baths, 5 fireplaces, and an infinity pool.
That’s a large house to fill and transform, but this year’s designers are certainly up to the task. I’m in esteemed company, for sure. Here’s the complete designer line-up:
Front Garden/Porch – Blake Dunlevy /D & A Dunlevy Landscapers, Inc.
Entry/Stair Hall/Upper Hall – Farrow & Ball
Dining Room – Jonathan Senner/Atelier Jonathan Senner
Family Room – Kelley Proxmire/Kelley Interior Design
Terrace – Country Casual
Library – Josh Hildreth & Victor Sang/DMG Interiors
Living Room – Pamela Harvey/Pamela Harvey Interiors, LLC
Sitting Room – Camille Saum/Camille Saum Interior Design, LLC
Breakfast Room/Kitchen – Betsy Barmat Stires/Frog Hill Designs
Butler’s Pantry – Nadia N. Subaran & Megan M. Padilla/Aidan Design, LLC
Powder Room- Lena Kroupnik/Lena Kroupnik Interiors
Master Suite – Victoria Sanchez/Victoria at Home
Bedroom #2 – Charles C. Almonte/Charles Almonte Architecture/Interior Design
Bedroom #3 – Andrea Houck/A. Houck Designs
Laundry – Allie Mann/Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
Bedroom #4 – Rachael Dougan/ViVi Interiors
Balcony/Anteroom – Quintece Hill-Mattauszek/Studio Q Designs
Bedroom #5/Dressing/Bath – Barbara Brown/Barbara Brown Interiors, Inc.
Lower Garden – Stephen Wlodarczyk/Wheat’s Landscape