On Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the 2014 DC Design House which opens this Sunday, April 13 and runs through May 11. I had gone on a walk-through when it was bare bones, and can’t even begin to tell you what a transformation the 1929 stone estate has undergone.
Many of the home’s original features were maintained, but the designers definitely faced some of the unique challenges that older homes often present. What I was most excited about, however, was seeing so many designers embracing color in their interiors.
I knew good things were in store when I passed through the turquoise lacquer vestibule with its Moravian star light fixture. By far my three favorite spaces were the dining room designed by Marika Meyer Interiors, the guest bedroom by Melissa McLay Interiors, and the guest bath by Anne Walsh Design.
The jumping off point for Marika’s design for the dining room was the beautiful Quadrille wallpaper. She added paneling, a fantastic chandelier, and faux finished malachite consoles which flanked the entrance to the kitchen–so good! I loved the headboard in Melissa’s guest bedroom which is upholstered in a custom colorway of a Victoria Larson Textiles fabric.
When I saw the house during the bare bones walk-through, I remember thinking that the original tile in the guest bath looked surprisingly current, so I was excited to see that Anne was able to incorporate it into her design plan. You know I love a risk-taker, and the Manuel Canovas fabric Anne applied to the walls was definitely a risk, but one that I’m so happy to see taken. It’s such a fun jewel box of a space.
The DC Design House is a wonderful event showcasing the local design community, but more importantly, proceeds benefit Children’s National Health System. I’d highly recommend purchasing a ticket and seeing these beautiful spaces (and many more!) in person.
Congratulations to all of the designers!