Here's more of a preview into the designer rooms upstairs at the soon-to-open DC Design House. Michael Hampton created a refined and restful bedroom that is plush with beautiful details. The walls are covered in Manual Canovas fabric with a narrow trim adding a finishing touch. The graphic, cowhide carpet is a custom design by Michael. The Ming Dynasty carved sculpture and the commissioned gouache by artist John Matthew Moore elevate this space to a whole other level. Imagine this as your view in the morning.
The bed is the focal point of the room and Michael concealed the middle window of three behind the drapery treatment. Love the legs of this upholsted bench!
Next door is Barbara Franceski's sophisticated guest sitting room where every piece adds texture and interest. The criss cross lines of the Condotti table play off the curves in the hair-on cowhide cantilever tub chairs and the custom cut rug. The original screen print is titled "Gaggle" and this fun take on birds brings a bit of humor to the more classic intaglios and medallions featured in the room. When you visit, be sure to peer into the modern ceiling fixture and you'll notice textured, traditional detailing.
I love the curved, silk mini-plaid loveseat (it's off to your left) and the objects Barbara chose for the table. The room is enveloped in Farrow & Ball's Pavilion Gray (walls- estate emulsion, trim and ceilings - full gloss)
Tracy Morris chose to envelop her sunny Artist's Studio in Farrow & Ball's Elephant's Breath and it creates the most beautiful atmosphere. Elephant's Breath was a color I never noticed until Tracy's room - it really sets off the art from Susan Calloway Fine Arts gallery in Georgetown. The lucite desk and carved back chair from Thos. Moser are beautiful standouts - keeping the small, angular space light and open.
The floors are painted and add to the contemplative mood. Love, love this abstract painting.

The artist studio is off of Kelley Proxmire's fabulous family living room. The whole room reads fun relaxation - a place where you could spend a great day with books, magazines and a good movie. (image above from Kelley Proxmire) Farrow & Ball's Mahogony is set off by Wimborne White and a mix of traditional and mod pieces keep it all lively.
Kelley commissioned this custom piece from Grange and the ceiling paint treatment echoes the curved design found on many of the doors throughout the house.
The family living room has french doors that lead out to a terrace. (image above from Kelley Proxmire)
Wanda Crossley of Matthews House & Garden designed the furniture placement, landscape treatments and plantings for the terrace. The seating area is set off by four planters and creates an intimate, cozy mood. The selection of plants are whispy and sculptural and are set to be in bloom during the showhouse.
Sally Steponkus transformed this very large master bedroom into a spacious and serene retreat with a library/reading area to one side and cozy seating on the other. Wrapped in Farrow & Ball's Dragged Wallpaper DR 1205, the ceiling is Borrowed Light and the trim is Wimborne White. Quadrille fabrics for the drapery and upholstery were custom dyed to add to the seamless, flowing feel of the room. The bed isn't showing in these pics but once you see it you may be temped to crawl in for a nap.
Previously the room had no true focal point. Now the bed faces this stone fireplace, with windows on either side. Love the two baskets with wood placed center stage - adds depth to the faux effect.
Celia Welch moved walls to create a roomy and elegant master dressing room. Love the choice of this antique oval table - it's the perfect size and scale for the space. Be sure to visit the showhouse - there's more to see in every room featured here along with:
a boy's bedroom and shared bath by Lisa Adams,
a Girl's bedroom by Page Palmer,
and a study by Rose DiNapoli.
Here's the view from upstairs to the main level - which I'll post more about later in the week. For more info on visiting the DC Design House, go here.
 
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