Design Inspiration

Don’t miss the 2012 DC Design House, open through May 13th


The 2012 DC Design House transforms a stately 1956 home (above) in Spring Valley; its entry garden was designed by D&A Dunlevy Landscapers. © Robert Radifera.

The 2012 DC Design House opened its doors on Saturday after participating designers worked around the clock to put the finishing touches on their rooms just in time for the big day. The all-nighters paid off, as visitors will discover when they tour the 10,000-square-foot house in Spring Valley, full of dazzling vignettes, custom innovations and novel solutions to dilemmas that many homeowners face.


Inspired by a Manuel Canovas toile, designer Kelley Proxmire created L’Orangerie in the home’s former ballroom. It opens to a patio terrace designed by Steve Wlodarcyk of Botanical Decorators.  © Robert Radifera.

“We are so very pleased with how the rooms pulled together,” says event co-founder Skip Singleton, who encourages visitors to look at the “before” shots on display to get full appreciation of each room’s transformation. “Consumers can get a lot of great ideas,” he says, “because a many of the ‘before’ exists in their own houses.”

The DC Design House is open Tuesday through Sunday until May 13th. Admission is $20; proceeds benefit the Children’s National Medical Center. The property is located at 4951 Rockwood Parkway, NW, Washington, DC. The July/August issue of Home & Design will feature full coverage of the DC Design House. For tickets and more information, visit —Sharon Jaffe Dan


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