Sunny Yellows Abound at the 2009 DC Design House

Sunny Yellows Abound at the 2009 DC Design House

Leah Moss
Apr 20, 2009

Maybe it's all the April showers and fickle Washington weather, but we can't seem to get enough yellow these days. Thankfully, the designers of the 2009 DC Design House have not left us wanting — a full spectrum of sunshine shades wash the newly transformed Georgetown rectory in upbeat elegance. Washington Spaces has captured a few of our sunny favorites from this year's Design House which opened its doors to the public this weekend.

1 Sally Steponkus and Heather Safferstone created the vibrant sitting room, accenting the deep gray walls with punches of (karate chopped!) yellow. The gray (Farrow & Ball's Mouse Back) and yellow combo is a clear favorite throughout this year's Design House. One of our favorite elements, aside from the Kravet chairs, is the mirrored screen which adds a youthful, edgy depth to an empty corner. It also allows the light to bounce around the room.

2 We fell in love with David Mitchell's serene use of sun hues in the pale blue living room. The yellow on the patterned pillows and trim of the cut sisal rugs give the traditional room a contemporary edge.

3 The warm yellow walls of Camille Saum's dining room made us feel like we'd just spent an hour in the sun.

4 Joe Ireland and Julie Weber of JD Ireland commissioned Stacey Tranter of Twin Diamond Studios to paint the stunning trees that draw attention to the sunny stairway window.

5 We swooned over The Lotus Papers from Farrow & Ball that the JD Ireland duo used in the front hallway and staircase. It's a bold statement for a traditional design event.The connecting vestibule was transformed to a vibrant welcome space by Michael Roberson, who balanced the sunny walls with Farrow & Ball's deep gray Mouse Back on the ceiling.

If you haven't checked out the 2009 DC Design House in person, get your tickets here. Proceeds benefit the Children's National Medical Center.

For more sneak peeks into the showhouse, including pictures of the designers in their respectively designed rooms, check out the complete article at the Washington Spaces Blog.

(Images: Carrie Russell for Washington Spaces Blog)

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