Monday, April 4, 2011

2011 DC Design House: Where to Start?!

This year the 2011 DC Design House is a testament to the fact that a cohesive, flowing home can be comprised of rooms each grounded with their own dose of individuality. Classic, modern and eclectic styles, along with neutral and colorful design schemes, beautifully coexist and make for an exciting and vibrant show house.

With 300+ plus pictures, it's hard to know where to start, so I'll begin with the gorgeous Entry & Stair Hall by Liz Levin and Stuart McCormick of Liz Levin Interiors. Formally a dark space, it's now all about light and openness. Just the right size to make a statement while allowing traffic flow, the center hall table rests upon a strongly patterned Ikat rug from Timothy Paul. Lush flower arrangements will be refreshed each week by H.Bloom.
Here's the view off to the left. Matching glass demilune tables flank the entrance to the library.
Liz collaborated with The Art Registry in selecting a number of pieces, including this one by artist Susan Noyes. Look closely - this pattern is comprised of razor blades! Artistic Wall Paint created the subtle Moroccan tile motif on the walls.
Heading up the stairs, this rock'n-hip chandelier is a stand-out. The alcove with a vase is at the landing on the second floor.
Again this year, Farrow & Ball is the official paint and wallpaper sponsor. Liz chose Whimborne White, Skimming Stone, and Cornforth White.
Nancy Colbert of Design Partners, LLC transformed a formerly dated library into an elegant and restful space. This is the view from the adjoining sun room. The ceiling was papered with a custom covering painted with a random pattern of small gold dots.
Books with neutral coverings keep the space quite and contemplative.

Library paint colors - Skimming Stone and Cornforth White.
The inimitable Camille Saum brought joy and creative whimsy to a dining room she had painted to bring out the classic, architectural features that were visually obscured in its previous form. Spring is ever-present with a moss covered fireplace mantel and painted diamond floors.

Notice the barely 1/2 inch contrasting self-trim on the edge of the curtains. The opposite side of the fabric frames all the sides and is a twist to the typical 1 - 3 inch border we've grown to expect.
What you can't see in my picture are the placecards for the other invited guests, including Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz (love Camille's sense of fun!) Pier 1 and World Market pieces are mixed with high-end plates for a fresh, colorful table.
A custom painted armoire sports a bold and happy green in its interior. Take-Away Tip- notice the matching platform Camille had built to give this existing vintage piece the scale needed for the room.
The Dining Room is painted in Light Gray with Dutch Pink on the ceilings. The patterned floor is in Pointing and Babouche.
A sneak peek from the next post on the first floor in the DC Design House. This cozy corner is from Patrick Sutton's grand Living Room. After that, a post to follow on the upstairs too.

The DC Design House is open from April 9 - May 8 2011 and is a fundraiser for the nonprofit hospital, Children's National Medical Center. Each year Children's provides more than $50 million in uncompensated care. Admission is $20.


christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Lovely- I'm obsessed with the grey/gold mirror in the foyer- so pretty.

Party Resources said...

I think I have to pick the moss covered mantle as my favorite! I love it when someone comes up with an idea that is new and different.

Brilliant Chic said...

Wow! So much stimulation! I can't wait to see more.

Danielle {freshquince} said...

This just makes me so sad...I had plans to attend last Friday, but unfortunately I was sick :(. I'm still bummed I didn't get a chance to come out to take pictures to share with everyone, but you did a lovely job. We could have met as well...too bad. Hope all is well!

An Urban Cottage said...

Love the library. That looks like a place I'd love to hang out. What a bonus to know the colors too.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Thank you, Michele, for sharing these beautiful rooms. WOW! Love the rug and chandelier in the first image especially. Can't wait to see the next post!

12 devonshire said...

Excellent post! Wish we had overlapped on Friday - I would have loved to say hello in person after following your blog for so long. I'm glad you caught angles and details that I hadn't focused on - there was so much to soak up! I linked to your barebones tour in my write-up today.

Looking forward to seeing your post of the upstairs rooms tomorrow!

Carla@DesignintheWoods said...

Fabulous! I love Camille Saum's dining room. Those chairs in the yellow vinyl! The curtains are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to my designer friends and colleagues on a job well done. Can't wait to see your work in person!

Tricia / Huntley & Co.

AnneHH said...

Gorgeous photos, Michele! Love each image and angle! Can't wait for the rest. Is it just my imagination or do you still feel the effects of the recession on the showhouse? As pretty as your pictures were, it seems like there is less luxe and layering.

designchic said...

What a gorgeous the library and the draperies with the self trim edge are amazing!!

Karena said...

Those yellow & white floors are fab!

Art by Karena

VictoriaArt said...

Everything is stunning! Lobe the carpet in the entrance and the dining room. The colors are divine!
Thanks for the tour!

Annie Pazoo said...

Thanks for the tour, Michelle. Looks fab!

Alicia said...

Hellooooo foyer chandelier!! Any info on its souce you can share??? Much obliged.
I'm moss green envy that I can not come...drasted thousands of miles thing, but its an amazing effect. I covered a table with reindeer moss years ago for a woodland themed party.

LiveLikeYou said...

Thanks for taking me through it. I didn't have time to go down. Love the yellow chairs and diamond floor.

classic • casual • home said...

How good of you to point out the small trim on the drapes...little details like that feel lush without being in your face.

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I've been waiting with baited breath for these posts to start coming. These spaces do not disappoint. I especially love the table and slipper chairs (love the legs!)in the library. Do you happen to have any source info on those? Thanks for sharing.


Oh my gosh....I am so happy you have shared with us these beautiful pictures. I must go back and study but so many things stood out. Of course the painted floors...the foyer, I loved...more, more...please!

littleaugury said...

fantastic Dining room- the yellow vinyls on the chairs- love it so smart!, in fact I did the same in grey in a breakfast room recently.


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