Master of scale, Barry Dixon managed to make the enormous ballroom into a series of intimate spaces in his "conservatory," which was filled with layers of curiosities, elegant antique finds, and a few aptly placed modern touches. His high gloss ceiling was a show stopper.
Spring has arrived, and this year's DC Design House is a wonderful reflection of Washington's most idyllic season. The historic beaux-arts mansion was beautiful to begin with, but the all-star line up of designers has breathed an air of freshness and class into it that's fitting for a city currently overflowing with myriads of cherry blossoms and budding greens.
This year's design house was lovely for many reasons, but in my opinion, one of was the most notable — and unexpected — elements was the cohesion between the rooms. It would have been easy for such a large home to appear choppy, but the rooms flowed beautifully while still retaining their strong individual personalities. This was probably due to the fact that Farrow&Ball supplied all the paint and wallcoverings (with just a few exceptions).
Look for room descriptions in the captions that appear under each picture.
It was impossible to capture the grandeur and talent of this totally transformed house in a single post, so look out for more details and "before & afters" in the coming weeks. And in the meantime you can purchase your tickets online and mark your calenders for opening day, April 10th, to see it yourself! The Design House runs through May 9 (Tuesday-Friday: 10am - 3pm and Saturday & Sunday: 12pm - 5pm). All proceeds benefit the Children's National Medical Center.
MORE INFO ONLINE: 2010 DC Design House.
To check out what the house looked like before this talented crew got their hands on it, check out our Bare Bones Tour: DC Design House 2010.
Images: Leah Moss