D.C. Design 2009 - Our Favorite Spaces in the D.C. Design House

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

This Saturday marks the opening of the 2009 D.C. Design House. The location: a three-story Victorian mansion on a hilltop in Georgetown.

Over nine weeks, 15 local designers redecorated two floors and 16 spaces in a house that was built in 1874 and 1875 and today serves as the rectory for St. John's Episcopal Church, Georgetown parish. Proceeds from the three-week show-house event benefit Children's National Medical Center.

With 12-foot ceilings, original wood floors and hefty crown moldings, the expansive center-hall house exudes a sense of history. But the designers didn't allow the age-old architecture to dictate their decor. By bringing in fresh color combinations, large-scale patterns and a mix of modern, vintage and antique furniture, the designers introduced the house to the 21st century while preserving its traditional charm.

The bounty of custom carpentry and high-end furniture and fabrics indicates that the economy was not a major influence on the designs. But as inspiration goes, these rooms provide plenty. Peek inside our favorite spaces.

Terri Sapienza

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