DESIGN SCENE: The 2011 DC Design House Opening

A view from the library by Nancy Colbert into Gary Lovejoy’s sunroom.

April 8, 2011—After a month of non-stop work, the 20 designers who have transformed the 2011 DC Design House can breathe a sigh of relief. They have updated the 1925 Tudor estate into a showpiece of au courant design—just in time for opening day tomorrow, April 9.

Visitors to the show house are in for a treat. The foyer by designer Liz Levin offers a hint of what’s to come; she traded the typical formal chandelier and Oriental rug for a Bohemian-style light fixture and a woven Ikat carpet. 

Barbara Franceski transformed a dark, paneled bar into a light-filled family room.

Other designers have also created traditional rooms with a twist, including Camille Saum’s dining room where yellow patent leather upholsters the chairs, and Nancy Colbert’s library, where metallic wallpaper by Studio E covers the ceiling in a celestial glow.

The home was originally built for Charles Woodward, founder of the Woodward & Lothrop department store chain, and played host to a number of high-profile gatherings. It was later acquired by the Wasserman family and is now on the market for $4.9 million.

Iantha Carley’s elegant master bedroom. 

The DC Design House is located at 3134 Ellicott Street NW, Washington, DC. Cost of admission is $20 and proceeds benefit the Children’s National Medical Center. For full coverage of the 2011 DC Design house, see the July/August issue of Home & Design. —Sharon Jaffe Dan

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