One of my favorite rooms in the DC Design House is the light filled loft/media room by Jeff Akseizer and Jamie Brown of the Akseizer Design Group. Loved the soft gray color scheme and the funcional furnishings.
The artwork was created by children who are patients at Children's Hospital.
I never would have thought I would covet pole lamps but in the masterful hands of designer Michael Hampton I do. They are perfection, anchoring the bookcases and adding a unique twist to this classic room. Faux bois wallpaper is arranged in contrasting directions and the mix of furnishings make this space feel both restful and interesting at the same time. Off to the left you can see the entry area with it's lacquered wallpaper.
The master mezzanine by Claire Schwab and Katharine Howard turns a pass-through space into a warm, welcoming transition from the public to the private spaces of the house. Love that mirror!
Susan Jamieson turned an oversized master bedroom into a warm, cohesive space punctuated by a mix of patterns that blend well while still holding their own. The flanking panels with quatrefoil mirrors are a great - one you could make happen in your own home. Custom octagon bookcases and gold finished ceiling create interest in the seating area.
The teenage boy's bedroom by Regan Billingsley is a smart space with an outstanding combination of accessories, art and strong, simple lines.
This small gesture - painting this part of the bathroom door with a contrasting color - is one of my favorite take-ways from the show house.
Nancy Twomey of Finnian's Moon Interiors has a knack for bring fun energy to her designs, including this twin's nursery. The tall "headboards" for the cribs anchor their placement and lend scale to their size in this room with a high ceiling.
Victoria Neale's family room is an inviting space with a wonderful mix of textures grounded in a neutral color scheme. This coffee table is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the house.
In the lower level, Lorna Gross of Savant Interior Design created a hip lounge with strong color and fun details - including grass cloth wallpaper backing the bookcase and nail head ribbon trim around on the walls.
On the same floor, Scott Cooke created a sophisticated Georgetown feel in the lower level dining room. An incredible Buddha sculpture anchors the space leading to the terrace.
Lastly for this post, Terri Hartwll Easter and Ashleigh Bradshaw of The Maris Elaine Gallery display art in custom bookcases in the hallway of the powder room sure to create conversation and interest. Sculptures by Theresa Knight McFadden. **Please note, there is much more to see than I've featured in my two posts. If you're in the area, be sure to plan to go.
The 2013 DC Design House is a leading fundraising event for Childrens National Medical Center - a more than worthy cause. Be sure to check your calendar and plan a visit. It's open. April 14th - May 12th 2013 2507 Foxhall Road, NW, Washington, DC Hours: Saturdays-Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For online tickets go here.