Introducing the DC Design House 2017

The 10th anniversary of the DC Design House is shaping up to be a big one—quite literally!

This mansion in Potomac, which backs up to Congressional Country Club, is currently listed for $10.48 million with Long & Foster broker Fouad Talout. Here are the stats:
—The home sits on 2.04 acres
—27,256 square feet
—4 levels, plus separate pool house and garage
—9 bedrooms
—9 full bathrooms
—4 half baths
—2-story library
—movie theater
—service quarters

“For our 10th anniversary, it’s a really good house,” design chair Taylor Wells said. Designers will have a chance to request one of 25 rooms that will be open for display at the showhouse, which this year will run Oct. 1-29.

And from the looks of the real-estate photos, I’m going to hope this year’s crop of designers will offer lessons on how to make gigantic spaces seem inviting and comfortable—a difficult feat in one of these homes:


This is a kitchen that might best be navigated with roller skates!


Unless the owners host state dinners on a regular basis, I would envision two dining areas here—a space with the big table, but then a more intimate area—by the window, maybe?—where two or four people could enjoy a quiet meal.

I suspect this is the family room, above. And then there seem to be two living rooms:

And let’s not forget the ballroom downstairs, where parties and social events related to the showhouse will be held, Taylor told me.

The grand scale repeats itself upstairs, with the library,

and an office that could fit an entire staff:

I’ll be interested to see how designers can bring down the scale of these huge bedrooms so they become curl-up-worthy retreats:

Yes, I’m a little intimidated by the scale of this home, which is why I’m drawn more to the catering kitchen than the main one,

And also to this attic getaway:

The landscape architect chosen to spruce up the grounds surrounding the pool will be similarly tasked with bringing down the scale to human proportions,

and also warming up the pool terrace.

Taylor tells me a cafe will be set up in the pool house, which is above to the right, and I can envision tables in the covered porch right off of it:


The boutiques, meanwhile, will be housed in the 5-car garage building.

Designers interested in submitting for the house are invited to a reception and walk-through next Tuesday, June 6, from 4 to 7 pm. There’s a tight turnaround schedule: Submissions will be due the following Tuesday, June 13. But instead of full design-board mockups, Taylor said, designers need only submit a written proposal with fabric and finish samples.

Click here for a link to the full designer details and showhouse schedule for submission, installation and breakdown.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Taylor. To RSVP for the walk-through and reception, send an e-mail to Susan Long.

The proceeds of this year’s design house, as always, will benefit Children’s National Medical Center, and the showhouse will kick off on Sep. 30 with a fundraising gala—perfect for that huge ballroom!