DC Design House 2016: A Preview

The rain couldn’t keep away the crowd today at the press preview of the DC Design House, which opens to the public for for previews on Sunday. It’s always such a treat to see writer and designer friends at this event, but most importantly, to witness talent that’s always on display. Here are some snapshots of scenes throughout the house:

Living room by Pamela Harvey Interiors

Living room by Pamela Harvey Interiors

 

Dining room by Atelier Jonathan Senner

Dining room by Atelier Jonathan Senner

 

Family room by Kelley Interior Design

Family room by Kelley Interior Design

 

Terrace by Country Casual

Terrace by Country Casual

 

Breakfast nook and kitchen by Frog Hill Designs, with paintings by Bill Adair of Gold Leaf Studios

Breakfast nook and kitchen by Frog Hill Designs, with paintings by Bill Adair of Gold Leaf Studios. The walls are hand-painted.

 

Butler's pantry by Aidan Design

Butler’s pantry by Aidan Design

 

"La Salon Del Celebrity," a sitting room by Camille Saum

“La Salon Del Celebrity,” a sitting room by Camille Saum

 

Library and whiskey bar by Josh Hildreth Interiors

Library and whiskey bar by Josh Hildreth Interiors. Josh designed the slipper chairs in the foreground. The Quintus wing-like chairs in the rear, with their pale blue leather and sinuous lines, remind me of a beautiful woman’s shoe.

 

The back stairwell by Eve Fay of Farrow & Ball, which donated all the wallpaper.

The back stairwell by Eve Fay of Farrow & Ball, which donated all the wallpaper.

 

The master bedroom by Victoria Sanchez. The chaise in the foreground was a chance find at Brimfield, and Victoria designed the upholstery, which is also on the headboard. The pillow is hand-beaded.

The master bedroom by Victoria Sanchez. The chaise in the foreground was a chance find at Brimfield, and Victoria designed the upholstery, which is also on the headboard. The pillow is hand-beaded.

 

Bedroom by Charles Almonte, who wanted an excuse to use one of his favorite fabrics, Schumacher's Chiang Mai. The duvet is custom and the bedside tables are new introductions from Century.

Bedroom by Charles Almonte, who wanted an excuse to use one of his favorite fabrics, Schumacher’s Chiang Mai. The duvet is custom and the bedside tables are new introductions from Century.

 

"Mademoiselle Chambre" by A. Houck Designs. The custom cut-velvet coverlet is by Designers Guild. The wallcovering is "Lavish Swag" by Eykon.

“Mademoiselle Chambre” by A. Houck Designs. The custom cut-velvet coverlet is by Designers Guild. The wallcovering is “Lavish Swag” by Eykon.

 

Hand-painted Chinoiserie in the "Chic Retreat" by Barbara Brown Interiors

Hand-painted Chinoiserie in the “Chic Retreat” by Barbara Brown Interiors

 

Barbara designed the armoire and desk that set the tone in her retreat.

Barbara designed the armoire and desk that set the tone in her retreat.

 

A "Vintage Cabana" roof deck by Studio Q Designs

A “Vintage Cabana” roof deck by Studio Q Designs

 

The vestibule inside the roof deck sets its festive tone.

The vestibule inside the roof deck sets its festive tone.

The design house benefits Children’s National Health System, and it opens Sunday with a preview day where you can meet the designers on a house tour, which includes a garden reception and a first shot at shopping the lower-level boutiques: Coco Blanca; Ibhana Creations; Jeff L Designs; and Whyte House Monograms. Tickets to the preview are $60.

The house will be open through Oct. 30, and general-admission tickets are $35. Click here to purchase online, or you can pay at the door.

I strongly encourage you to visit — I couldn’t possibly cover all the spaces in this huge house, which includes seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two powder rooms, three kitchens, five fireplaces, a sauna, exercise and party rooms, a wine cellar and an infinity pool. The Foxhall Road home—previously occupied by the French ambassador while the official residence was being renovated—is currently listed with Washington Fine Properties for $10.8 million.

Most of us can’t afford to buy this house, but here’s the good news: Nearly everything in each designer’s room is for sale!

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