Thursday, April 12, 2012

DC Design House 2012 - Sneak Peek!

The DC Design House opens this Saturday and I think it's fair to say it's bigger and better than ever! There's so much to show but to start here's a sneak peek of just a few of the rooms on the main floor of this three level home transformed by 23 local area designers.

Daniel Proctor of Kirk Designs created a luxe, comfortable family room you would expect to find gracing the pages of Margaret Russell's Architectural Digest. Formerly the home's dining room, four 8' x 4' panels were mounted on the wall to create architectural interest and conceal a doorway to the kitchen. One of my favorite features of the room is the long table positioned in front of the window, serving as a work space and providing a great view out onto the terrace. (Walls in Farrow & Ball Charleston Gray and Wimborne White)

Victoria Sanchez's Teenager's Getaway is a fabulous space. Any room that can make you feel younger just by walking into it deserves an award in my book. Farrow & Ball's All White is the backdrop for vibrant colors, Missoni patterns and a bold, striped rug that create a fun, optimistic energy. The sheer drapes have a raised chenille-like zig zag pattern and let in light while making a strong, design statement.

Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey's dining room, while elegant and sophisticated, is also warm and inviting. A balance that is hard to strike but definitely achieved in this space. Upholstered banquets flank either side of the french doors that span the back of the room and a large console table provides a practical place to set up for a buffet, afternoon tea or bar. Wish I had taken a picture from a straight-on angle to give a better sense of that.
The ceiling is wallpapered in a marbelized pattern and it ties in with all the delicious corals and blues in the room. (Walls are covered in Farrow & Ball Tallow 203, Fowler Pink No. 39 and Dragged Wallpaper 6-33)
To the left of the dining room is Marika Meyer's serene and lovely Morning Room. Love, love her use of citrine and indigo against the backdrop of neutral creams and grays. Artful choices in pattern and accessories create interest throughout the space.
This could be setting for a four hour breakfast - I mean, would you really want to leave this gorgeous table? Bookshelves are backed with a trellis patterned fabric. (Wall covered in Farrow & Ball Wallpaper Drag 12-15, Harwick Whtie, Shaded White and Slipper Satin)

If you do have a chance to visit the Design House in person, you'll be greeted by the sophisticated foyer and reception hall designed by artist John Matthew Moore. Playing off the existing black and white marble floors, Matthew created a space that perfectly references the 1950's period in which the home was built while bringing in contemporary elements and chinoiserie touches.
This incredible double star chandelier designed by Matthew and created by local lighting artist Rick Singleton is a work of art and the source of many oohs and aahs! Interestingly, it was inspired by a wire sculpture in Barbara Franceski's room from last year's Design House. There it is on the bureau below.
His original designs also extend to a linen drapery fabric in a traditional diaper-patterned of creams, grays, and blacks. Reflected in the mirror, you can see Matthew's painting, the "Three Swans." It is anchored by a black and gilt bench with gorgeous leopard silk velvet bolsters and a collection of antique blue and white porcelains. (Walls in Farrow & Ball Hardwick White, Shaded White, Whimborne White and upstairs Crivelli Trellis 31-03)

This post is only a snippet - much more to come in the next few days. If you are anywhere near DC, you will absolutely want to see this home in person. Not only is it a visual treat, it's a leading fundraising event for Childrens National Medical Center.

DC Design House
April 14th - May 13th 2012
4951 Rockwood Parkway, NW, Washington, DC
Hours: Saturdays-Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Ticket price: $20


Anonymous said...

very nice

Nancy said...

Gotta get there fast! Looks fantastic!

Stacy Curran said...

OMG what a totally gorgeous post!! LOVE THIS!!!!

pve design said...

Stunning. Is that light for sale. I love John's work.

Madelyn said...

Fantastic write-up. Can't wait to see more!

The Nest Egg said...

Your pictures are great! Really shows the true colors of each space. Thanks for sharing

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I wish I could see it! I love the wall colors and the wallpaper. The wail in the first image is amazing, just as the painting is. I could go on and on. Just beautiful, Michele.
Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to seeing more!

A.J.Barnes said...

I want that chandelier in the foyer!

venba said...

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Bethany @ Powell Brower Home said...

Oh man - I am looking for an apricot velvet JUST like the one on the dining room banquette. Wonder if she will give sources? What do you think? DYING to find that EXACT shade..

Thanks for the pics :)


Pigtown*Design said...

You can just see one of David Wiesand's lights peeking out of the top right corner of the first Dan Proctor image! David was so pleased to have it included in the show house.

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi Michele - So wonderful to meet you and Dan last night. I hope you both had a great time! Will you come back for coffee so we can chat more?

Looking forward to touring the showhouse. Can't wait to see all these rooms in person.

Have a great weekend,

classic • casual • home said...

Lots of personality. Wish I could go so thanks for posting about it.

Jg Ar said...

Simply gorgeous! The combination of colors, the furniture and most of all the whole interior is appealing and chic! Great post!

Windlost said...

Fab post - wish I could visit in person. Maybe next year....

xo Terri

Danielle {freshquince} said...

Not sure if I'll be able to see it this year, so thanks so much for the all looks so lovely! xx Danielle


I so wish I could see in person!!! Thanks for the sneak peak. Ours opens Thursday and I am happy to report that I got invited to the preview. Blogging does have it's perks :) I hope they will let us take a few pictures to wet peoples appetite!!!

Brendan said...

These designs are truly magnificent, especially the one in the second photo - I was awestruck by the colorful patterns (I didn't feel any dizziness from the fact that the design was kind of jagged. The combination of the colors made it eye-friendly). Your favorite long table sure is eye-catchy. With a soothing atmosphere like that, I would definitely prefer to read or write there at dawn.

Brendan Amorose

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Wonderful post with so much eye candy! Wish I could go and see all these creative designs.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Wonderful post with so much eye candy! Wish I could go and see all these creative designs.

Max Schear said...

The spiral staircase caught my attention the most, my friend. Not to mention, the chandelier hanging in the middle. They are very regal, indeed.

Max Schear

Lakisha Zimmerer said...

What Brendan said was true. The multicolored patterns on the second photo are very wonderful design. It can be featured in a magazine someday, you know. :) The incredible double star chandelier in the middle of the spiral staircase surely has a breathtaking design as well.

Lakisha Zimmerer

Jane Kostick said...

I came across this image on Pinterest. The small sculpture that inspired the chandelier design is a star by John Kostick.
He thinks it was probably made in the late '60s or very early '70s. They used to call that design the mini space compass. The star is bronze and the halo is stainess steel wire. Great use of the Tetraxis Star as a chandelier!


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