Friday, April 10, 2015

The DC Design House, Part I

This years DC Design House was one of the best I have ever attended! The annual event is a key fundraiser for the Children's National Health System.  This modern day farmhouse on Georgetown Pike in Langley, Va, was built by Artisan Builders, designed by Harrison Design, and houses 8,869 square feet filled with vintage architectural touches, like stone and oak reclaimed from an old Virginia farmhouse.   There are 28 rooms, 24 designed by the talents of well known local designers. 

 The mix of stone, slate, brick, wood, and copper gutters is so well balanced.

My favorite rooms were upon immediate entry into the home to Pamela Harvey's entry hall.  Her upper stair hall walls had the most glorious Robert Allen, Beacon Hill "Grace Emblem" fabric, in pewter; embroidered gray on white fabric on the walls.  The tactile feature drew us right into the realm of layered, shimmery beauty. Accents in plum and mauve complimented the gray palette beautifully.

 To the right of the entry is Annette Hannon's living room- a silken, soothing dream.

The hand painted, embroidered silk wallpaper by Fromental dresses the room both delicately and formal. It is museum quality and so unique.

This birdseye maple console, stained gray, is an example of the special custom finishes found in this home.

The living room flowed into another top favorite room of mine, Michael Hampton's library. This is a rich, layered, sophisticated,warm and inviting study.

I love the fabrics, the rugs and the window and ceiling treatments.  These stools are Michael Hampton's new design for Salvations Architectural Furnishings.

Another favorite room was the dining room, to the left of the entry, designed by Jeff Akseizer and Jamie Brown.

In speaking with Jamie, he told me of the 600 Aspen branches they had flown in from Colorado for the ceiling treatment and how they custom designed the chandelier. I love the patterned base rug layered with the hide.  The chairs are upholstered in hide as well.

Look at these roman shades in their Gallery that are trimmed in beautiful with the stone.

Lastly I will wow you with this kitchen by Paul Lobkovich and Emily Neifeld. 

The wood beams, dark rich floors and beautiful custom walnut built-in bar really warms the white kitchen cabinetry.  I love the legs on the island.  The Taj Mahal Quartzite is a thing of beauty!

There is so much more to this house! Stay tuned for Part 2 on Monday! 
 Have a great weekend, and hope you go to the showhouse!


  1. STUNNING! I love the dining room and kitchen! This house really looks like your style, with the mix of elements. I can't wait to see the rest!
    (Your photos are great! What type of camera/lens did you use and were you shooting manual??! They're so clear and bright!)

  2. Hi Kristen! The shots with the photo credits are by Washingtonian Magazine but the others are with my Panasonic DMCFz28- thanks!

  3. This is so great - I'm going to see it tomorrow and can't wait!

  4. Fabulous!Can't wait to see more! I'm inlove with the DIning room and kitchen the most, so far!

  5. Your pictures are terrific!! I forgot to ask about those counters - glad you included the type.

  6. GORGEOUS!! What a beautifully decorated home ... I love all the hide treatments!

  7. Can't wait to see the rest! Love the kitchen!!


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