DC Design House, Part 2

Here are a few more images of the 2011 DC Design House benefiting Children’s National Medical Center.

With so many beautiful rooms to see, you really need to make a visit. The house is open now through May 8 so you need to hurry!


The front portico was transformed by James Rill of Rill Architects, PC. The next photo is a before. Pretty amazing, huh?


Seriously! Can you imagine stepping into your home and being greeted with this? Liz Levin of Liz Levin Interiors wowed everyone with her foyer and stairs transformation.
Liz took what was previously dark and heavy and carefully chose elements that lighten and brighten. Look closely at the walls. The space was inspired by a Moorish motif in the form of hand painted graphics that span the first floor and lead up the stairs. The ikat rug and more contemporary chandelier were certainly unexpected – but brilliant!

This vignette near the stairs is centered around local artist Susan Noyes work comprised of razor blades on canvas. Cutting edge, No?


The pool kitchen (doesn’t everyone have one?) is a contemporary, sleek space. Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design transformed the seriously dated and, dare I say, UGLY (wish I had the before pic!) kitchen into what you see above. And Nadia is also a delight! See the stools on the left? She really loves those things and had a terrific time demonstrating how to adjust the height – and then she would take the free ride down.  Charming!


Here is Nadia in front of the farm sink and showing off the soapstone counter. She sought to bring the outdoors in by selecting a charcoal gray plank porcelain tile that smoothly transitions from the exterior slate patio.


Ahh! The delightful Camille Saum astride a chair in the FABULOUS dining room she created. THIS is what a show house room should be! – one part inspiration, one part astounding talent, and one part ‘Over The Top’ execution. You must visit the house for this room alone!


And apparently if you dine with Camille, you also get to enjoy the company of Matthew McConaughey. I accept!
See the center piece? It is sitting under the spectacular Palissy Lantern from Niermann Weeks and is from Pier 1. Cool.


But the part of the room that, for me anyway, put this in a category all it’s own is the moss covered mantel. Note, too, the bamboo covered radiator under the windows.


Live moss. Painted floors. Yellow patent leather chairs. Bamboo covered radiators. Taffeta.
In Camille’s words, “The room’s elegance and whimsy is punctuated by the unexpected.” I’d say.


Another favorite space is from the very talented Iantha Carley of Iantha Carley Interiors.  The master bedroom and dressing room are light, restful and inviting. Take a look….


Everything about these rooms read modern, elegant, sophistocated and whimsical.

That wallpaper (by Nina Campbell)! And note the framed print? It is from artist Anne Harwell. You need to visit her Etsy store and her blog Annechovie. Hurry, what are you waiting for?
Iantha you inspire me! (And she is really sweet too.)

In my next post on the DC Design House I am very excited to feature the wonderful, amazing, spectacular ‘Hideaway’ by my friend Lauren Liess. Boy oh boy is that girl talented!

Please visit again! And your comments are always welcome!!!!

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