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What’s better than great design? Great design for a great cause. More than 20 interior designers collaborated to turn a dated, 1950s colonial estate into a decked-out showhouse in Washington, D.C.’s Spring Lake neighborhood, all to benefit Children’s National Medial Center.  If you live in the DC area, there’s still time to buy tickets and tour the amazing 10,000 square foot home this weekend — it’s open to the public through Monday, May 14.

Can’t make it to DC? Check out a few of our favorite spaces from the home.  (See photos of the entire home right here.)

DC Design House - Exterior

Design by Blake Dunlevy and Gina Benincasa; Photo by Robert Radifera

Playing off the “old” Washington flavor of the Spring Valley home, designers Blake Dunlevy and Gina Benincasa of D&A Dunlevy Landscapers used bright azaleas and peonies to accent the boxwoods bookending the front entry of this stately residence.

Dc Design House Master Bedroom Sharon Kleinman

Design by Sharon Kleinman; Photo by Robert Radifera

Designer Sharon Kleinman of Transitions wanted the master bedroom to be serene and sensual, so she added rich chocolate walls, her own custom-designed headboard and an antique wedding cabinet alongside textured, neutral bedding.

DC Design House Outdoor Space - Shanon Munn

Design by Shanon Munn; Photo by Robert Radifera

Shanon Munn of Ambi Design Studio extended the master bedroom onto the master deck where she, along with Amanda Welch, created a retreat with lounge-style furniture, a swinging chair and a stunning Moroccan lantern.  On the left, a wooden feature wall conceals the iron railings and doubles as extra seating.

DC Design House Living Room - Lorna Gross

Design by Lorna Gross; Photo by Robert Radifera

Aqua-colored silk window treatments set the stage for this study designed by Lorna Gross of Savant Interior Design. Two-tiered book tables, a tufted settee and floating shelves combine to create a study that’s both trend-conscious and classic.

Black, White and Yellow Second Floor Foyer - DC Design House

Design by Carolyn Wilson and Elizabeth Boland; Photo by Robert Radifera

Working in the smallest space in the house, Carolyn Wilson and Elizabeth Boland of Design in a Day tore out an existing linen closet to create a second floor dressing room located next to the elevator (!!) and one of seven (!!) bathrooms in the home. The mother-daughter team boldly installed Thibaut faux animal print wallpaper on the walls, painted the ceiling Farrow & Ball’s Dayroom Yellow and added a distinctive Abe Lincoln painting to create a distinguished and fun second floor foyer.

Orange and White Ballroom

Design by Kelly Proxmire; Photo by Robert Radifera

Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design was inspired by the room’s stately Palladian windows. She decided to turn the original ballroom into a French-inspired sunroom centered around a faux stone table with a honed marble top and a Manuel Canovas toile covering. Glossy orange accents brighten up the room’s gray and white color scheme.

Tour the rest of the DC Design House, then tell us: what’s your favorite room?


Design Inspiration

14 Responses

  1. Charlene A. Nelson says:

    Interior design is more important for me for the reason that it is where we stay most of the time unless we have a very large backyard where we can do different kinds of activities. I really love the interior design of Carolyn Wilson because she managed to fit all those design in that small space of the house.

    -Charlene A. Nelson

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Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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