2011 DC Design House

A 1925 Tudor with a beamed ballroom and outdoor dance floor is dressed up for a party again. The fourth annual DC Design House, which has become the blue-chip showcase for local interior designers, opens for business in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Northwest Washington.

Entry & Stair Hall

Liz Levin Interiors

A hand-knotted ikat rug takes center stage in Liz Levin’s modern and elegant entry space.

Living Room

Patrick Sutton Associates

Patrick Sutton’s living room shows off the Design House’s 1920s Tudor architecture. Sutton’s goal was to bring a human scale to an otherwise grand room. He created numerous seating areas where family members could chat, read a book or work on a laptop.

Pool Room

Erin Paige Pitts Interiors

Erin Paige Pitts used a neutral palette and a pair of swings to create a porch-like retreat indoors.

Pool Kitchen

Aidan Design

Nadia Subaran made the most of limited space in the pool kitchen. She chose sleek Italian lighting, soapstone counters and a small walnut butcher-block table. The walls are painted with Dove Tale by Farrow & Ball.

Garden Room

Whitney Stewart Interior Design

One of the charming accessories in Washington designer Whitney Stewart's Garden Room is the birdcage light fixture which Stewart had wired, embellished with twigs and hung in the center of the room.

Sun Room

Gary Lovejoy Associates, Inc.

To add interest in the sunroom, Gary Lovejoy used such textures as leather, metal, stone and cowhide.

Koi Pond

Scott Brinitzer Design Associates

The Koi pond by landscape designer Scott Brinitzer was just one part of the lavish $50,000 makeover of the one acre property his firm pulled off in record time.


Design Partners, LLC

Nancy M. Colbert of Design Partners in McLean lightened the look of the library with a decorative paint finish in Farrow & Ball's Skimming Stone, a taupey-gray.

Dining Room

Camille Saum Interior Design, LLC

Camille Saum furnished this romantic dining room with dramatic French-style chairs covered in yellow patent leather. In a designer twist, she upholstered the backs in floral linen. The round-skirted table is topped with an antiqued mirror.

Secret Garden Bath

J. Hodges & Associates, LLC

For the Secret Garden bath, which adjoins the teen bedroom, DC designer Jason Hodges covered the existing floor tile with a woven tile rug with a trellis pattern and updated the fixtures for a glamorous effect.

Teenager’s Room

Samantha Friedman Interior Designs, LLC

Samantha Friedman added a whimsical reading nook in her room, which she called the “Secret Garden.” Vibrant orange fabric and a splurge-worthy bed set the tone for this sophisticated and modern teen space.

Cerulean Sanctuary

Grossmueller's Design Consultants, Inc.

Using the original dark blue floor tiles as color inspiration, designer Cindy McClure of Grossmueller's Design in Washington, added a custom stained-glass mosaic tile to frame the tub.


Lauren Liess Interiors

For her first show house room, Herndon designer and blogger Lauren Liess chose a neutral palette, furniture pieces and fabrics of her own design and a mix of antique and vintage finds.

One for the Guys

David Mitchell Interior Design

A collection of 36 antique bird prints in simple black frames provides the backdrop to the gentleman’s bedroom by David Mitchell.

Master Bedroom & Dressing Room

Iantha Carly Interiors

Iantha Carley used a classic David Hicks print in green as the starting point for her master bedroom. She splurged on the Niermann Weeks sconces that flank the bed.

Master Bath

Case Design/Remodeling

Allie Mann of Case Design/Remodeling of Falls Church used marble and dark cherry cabinetry to modernize the master bath.

Powder Room

Décor by Denise

Denise Willard of Vienna's Decor by Denise used dramatic Venetian plaster treatment to update the look of the room.

Family Room

Barbara Franceski LLC

Barbara Franceski of Alexandria furnished the family room with multiple seating areas and lots of textures, including: leather, steel, wood, alpaca and crystal.

Exterior Front Portico

Rill Architects, PC

Rill Architects, PC gleaned inspiration for their romantic makeover of the portico space from the Tudor style of the house.

Pool Area

J&G Landscape Design, Inc.

J&G Landscape Design, Inc. created a more welcoming space around the Design House's private 20 yard pool and dance floor.

If you go

The DC Design House is at 3134 Ellicott St. NW. It will be open April 9 through May 8. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20. Find more information at www.dcdesignhouse.com.

GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews and Marie Elizabeth Oliver. PHOTOS: Lydia Cutter, John McDonnell and Sherry Moeller. The Washington Post - April 6, 2011.