Highlights from the 2012 DC Design House

There is a stubborn debate over the purpose of a design house: is it to showcase cutting edge ideas, or inspire beautiful real life living? Opposing sides write each other off as either too bland or too impractical. Thankfully, this year's DC Design house, which opened April 14, has plenty to please both camps. There is a lot to notice and to love about this year's design house, so much, in fact, that I will have to break down the inspiration into several posts. There were plenty of practical ideas to steal for renters, and equally as many ideas to take away for those wishing to ramp up the wow factor at home. But today, let me share some of my favorite details, big and small.

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The DC Design House runs from April 14th – May 13th, 2012. For more information on the showhouse, visit the DC Design House website.

(Images: 1-9: Leah Moss, 10: Robert Radifera )

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