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Part Six: 1 House, 20 Designers, 30 Days, 1 Great Cause
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Part Six: 1 House, 20 Designers, 30 Days, 1 Great Cause

This story is part six in a seven-part series of articles about the 4th Annual DC Design House, which opens April 9th. All proceeds benefit Children’s National Medical Center.

With the doors about to open, designers are busy putting finishing touches on their spaces. After part six’s review of the master bedroom and adjacent dressing area by Iantha Carley with bedroom bath by Allie Mann, as well as the hall bathroom sanctuary by Cindy McClure, the remaining three bedrooms and one bath on the upper level each take on a theme of their own.

Samantha Friedman transformed the outdated upper office/bedroom featuring dark woods and built-ins into a Secret Garden bedroom for a teenage girl. Starting with a custom wool floral rug under the poster bed, this space offers a touch of whimsy aligned with modern functionality. Oranges and purples outline the sleeping area, while a tree-framed window with swing expresses the room’s delightful new theme. Decorative hands along the left wall hold treasured teen items including an iPod, while the window alcove along the back holds twin dressers storing seasonal clothing items.

Jason Hodges worked in concert with Friedman to redesign the hallway with bathroom, closet and storage niche leading to her bedroom. This Secret Garden bath includes blocks of purple and white in the hallway outside the bathroom that now includes a woven area rug, a glamorous shower curtain and new wainscoting on the walls. The hallway niche has become a teen girl’s dream makeup station, while the colors of spring bring a smile to one’s face.

The Hideaway bedroom by Lauren Liess has a glorious view of the lush new backyard landscaping in its curved window wall. Liess created a daybed along this wall using layers of foam fitted with different fabrics and topped with a bounty of pillows. Adding fabrics and furnishings from her custom line, Liess created a sitting area with a pair of wing chairs featuring a Michael Smith floral fabric along the back. These chairs flank a window accented with found treasures along the grasscloth walls. Under a commissioned Matthew Moore grisaille of boxwood gardens, Liess installed a concrete parsons table to play off the organic theme in this space.

Nature abounds in David Mitchell’s One for the Guys bedroom. Two walls are filled to the brim with nature-themed prints. Mitchell also incorporates elements of his own furniture line including a brown-tone plaid chair. A desk with rolling storage along the window wall and a television built into the opposite wall complete the space that was once used as the homeowner’s dressing room.

The final part of this series will showcase an overview of the rooms and details that make this year’s DC Design House a showstopper.


More info about the 2011 DC Design House:

The designers and volunteers have been working non-stop, weekdays and weekends, to finish their spaces for the April 1st Press Day, April 8th Preview Party and opening day April 9th. Hours for the 4th Annual DC Design House benefiting Children?s National Medical Center are Saturday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 1925 English Country Tudor home is at 3134 Ellicott Street, NW, Washington DC 20008.

Designers include: Scott Brinitzer and Jeff Potter (outdoor spaces, koi pond and pool area), Iantha Carley (master bedroom and dressing area), Nancy Colbert (library), Barbara Franceski (family room), Samantha Friedman (bedroom), Jason Hodges (bathroom), Liz Levin (foyer), Lauren Liess (bedroom), Gary Lovejoy (sunroom), Allie Mann/Case Design (bathroom), Cindy McClure (bathroom), David Mitchell (bedroom), Erin Paige Pitts (pool room), James Rill/Rill Architects (front exterior portico), Camille Saum (dining room), Whitney Stewart (garden room), Nadia Subaran/Aidan Design (pool kitchen), Patrick Sutton (living room) and Denise Willard (powder room).

DC Design House Inc. is comprised of all volunteer corporate officers Skip Singleton, Sandy Steele, and Taylor Wells who work in concert with an all volunteer Executive Committee including Susan Hayes-Long (chair), Karen Beiley, Terry Castellani, Diana DellaVilla, Christina Emmerman, Christy Perez, Stephanie Robinson, Jean Seline, Skip Singleton, Debbie Singleton, Sandy Steele, Kim Summerville, and Taylor Wells. This year’s design advisors include Seline and Wells along with Ann Lambeth, Frank Babb Randolph and Michael Roberson.

Also part of the festivities is an array of boutiques with a portion of the proceeds also benefiting Children’s National Medical Center. Boutiques include: John Matthew Moore Fine Art & Home by Matthew Moore, who will set up an art gallery space in the main kitchen, with other boutiques For Ewe by Edie Adelston, Fran Spaeder, Ibhana Creations by Meena Tharmaratnam, Insiders by Diane Zutant, Jeff L. Designs by Jeff LiaBraaten, June B, Life’s A Beach by Mary Magner, and Whyte House Monograms by Debbie McCarthy Whyte set up in the carriage house/garage areas.

Sponsors for the 2011 DC Design House include: Blue Water Media, Child Health Center Board, DC Living Real Estate, Dr. Glass Window Washing, Farrow & Ball, Foxcraft Design Group, Gordon Beall Photography, Home & Design magazine, Horizon Houseworks, MoKi Media, Phrma, Product Non Product, Pyramid Builders, Supon Creative, and Tobin, O’Connor and Ewing. Additional corporate supporters include Compass Point Research & Trading, Denning Homes, Eli Lily, Elmendorf Strategies, and Pfizer.

The DC Design House, owned by the Wasserman family, is on the market for $4.9 million by Coldwell Banker’s Ellen Wilner, http://tinyurl.com/4gz9jm4. The late George Wasserman was one of the founders of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington as well as the owner of the Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring who made it the first nonsectarian golf course in Washington.

For more information, visit www.dcdesignhouse.com, www.facebook.com/ dcdesignhouse and @dc_designhouse.

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