The first thing that struck me about the DC Design House this year was how much bolder it is than in years past. I wouldn't call any of the rooms risky per se, but there's a hint of edge in most, and some sweet ideas to glean from each.
For example, Iantha Carley's morning room (seen above) is design sunshine — a mix of textile patterns, bold artwork, and oversize light fixtures, all tempered by a generous amount of white in the high wainscoting.
You feel a bit more sophisticated just stepping into Nestor Santa-Cruz's dining room. He's a master of restraint and scale. My favorite element is the Cannon/Bullock wall covering that reminded me of wet cement. He left the edges untrimmed, which blurs the line between art installation and wall treatment.
There is not a single mundane element to Regan Billingsly's teenage boy's bedroom. The bold Farrow & Ball Broad Stripe paper grabs your attention from the hallway, but it's the array of vintage finds and locally sourced accessories that make you want to linger. I think it's one of the few showhouse teen rooms I've seen that balances believablilty with intrigue.
And finally,Jessica Parker's breakfast area is destined to be a favorite spot in the kitchen. The Wish Designs light fixture draws you in, and the rustic Century Furniture table and plush chairs make you want to stay for a meal.
The DC Design House runs from April 14 to May 12, and all proceeds benefit the Children's National Medical Center. For more information, check out the DC Design House Webpage.
(Images: Leah Moss)