The 2017 DC Design House is here! And this year, it is conveniently located in my backyard (well, almost my backyard!). This stately 27,256 square-foot residence is tucked away on Congressional Court in Potomac, MD. Whether this will be your first time attending a DC Design House or you haven’t missed one yet, here are ten reasons to visit this year!
- A Chance to Peek Inside this Magnificent Home
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a movie theatre in your own home? How about a two-story library complete with a spiral staircase? The 2017 DC Design House has a little something for everyone! Wander from room to room and take it all in. The designer spaces are numbered so that you move through the house in an orderly flow.
2. A Giant Melting Pink Lollipop
Located in Area 2 (to the right as you walk in the front doors), you are greeted by a Living Room designed by Margery Wedderburn Interiors. The room includes this fantastic sculpture by Desire Obtain Cherish. All I could think about was how much my toddler would love this! And how much I want this in my living room! How can you not smile when looking at a sculpture of giant pink melting lollipop?
3. The Color Blue
If you are a fan of the color blue, you will not be disappointed! There are some amazing “Wow” moments for this bright and bold color. Located in Area 7, The Study Royale is a cheerful and sophisticated space by Lorna Gross Interior Design. If you follow my blog, you already know how much I love letting vibrant blue hues pop against a neutral palette (check out my dining room!). From the original artwork to the fantastic plush lounge chairs, this room is a blue paradise.
Featured Artwork: Ame III by artist Zarin
4. A Wall of Hermes Scarves
This wall at the 2017 DC Design House was a show-stopper for me! Located in Area 8, the Lady’s Retreat by Marika Meyers Interiors featured 12 individually framed Hermes scarves for a high impact, graphic display. I love the surprise element of framing textiles instead of a photograph or a print. The bright colors and unique designs on the scarves are grounded by the uniformity of the white, sleek frame and grid arrangement. Simply stunning!
5. The Artwork in Area 9, The Collector’s Cabinet
Okay, this topic is actually going to be my numbers 5 through 7. That is how awesome the artwork in The Collector’s Cabinet is. Designed by Josh Hildreth Interiors, this showroom features two standout works by Danish fine art photographer, Trine Sondergaard. Measuring 60.5 x 60.5 in., these pieces will immediately grab your attention and then, they will quietly hold it. Are these portraits or mesmerizing still-lifes?
6. The Artwork in Area 9, The Collector’s Cabinet
I admit it! I had to do a double take! There are a lot of tantalizing visuals in The Collector’s Cabinet by Josh Hildreth Interiors and so, I forgive my mind for not picking up on this fabulous detail immediately. I mentally registered “plaster busts” while my eyes kept moving through the room, taking it all in. Was I expecting to see pies splattered across their faces?! No way! Stephen Antonson’s Pie Thomas and Pie George add a touch of irreverent humor to this elegant and thoughtful space.
7. The Artwork in Area 9, The Collector’s Cabinet
By the time I saw the John Baldessari framed print, Stonehenge (With Two Persons) Orange, I started noticing a theme of hidden faces in The Collector’s Cabinet by Josh Hildreth Interiors. Bright, graphic, and thought provoking, this smaller artwork packs an unexpected punch in one of the corners of this room!
8. A Series of Framed Pressed Botanicals
Located in Area 12, The Upstairs Family Room, by Erica Burns Interiors features a series of pressed botanicals by Sweet Grass Botanicals. Displayed behind glass, the shapes of the leaves are bold and visually interesting. They also add earthy tones and natural texture to this interior space.
9. The Chairs Without Seats
By walking down the back staircase, you reach Area 17, The Lounge, which showcases a pair of Louis XVI style chairs with no cushioning or fabric. Stripped to their wooden frames, furniture becomes high art. They resonate like ghostly statues, mysterious and reminiscent of another time. The Lounge, by Perceptions Interiors, sets these chairs against dark painted walls that have architectural details completely outlined in chalk! You read that right…all of those lines are drawn by hand, in chalk!!
10. The Hive Family Foyer
Area 22, the last space you walk through before exiting, highlights that the 2017 DC Design House benefits Children’s National Health System in Washington D.C. The walls feature beautiful installations of paintings by the patients, caregivers, staff, and volunteers of Children’s National Health System through its Art Therapy program. This year, the theme for the artwork is The Very Busy Life of Little Bees.
So there you have it! Ten reasons to visit the 2017 DC Design House which will run through October 29!
I would love to hear what stood out for you! Did you have a favorite showroom? A “wow” moment? Let me know!