DC Design House 2012.

2012 DC Design HouseA right of passage for any interior designer is to visit and get inspired by local show houses. Maybe even be involved in one (I am hoping this or next is my year!). Not only are they complete eye candy to look through, but proceeds benefit worthy charities – improving the lives of many in need. One of my favorite events, the DC Design House is hosted again this year by Skip and Sherry Singleton, raising monies for the Children’s National Medical Center, the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area.

What began in 2008 as a unique design show house event for the DC Metro area in which top area designers showcased their talents into a “flowing design home” to raise funds for a local charity, the show house has developed into the region’s foremost annual residential design attraction and as a leading annual fundraiser event. This years Spring Valley house was built on a one-half acre site in 1956 by W.C. & A.N. Miller for Dr. Francisco and Gladys Aguirre, who raised six children in the 10,000 square–foot, seven bedroom, and seven bath estate. The home became known as the “Blue House” for the family’s 40-plus year tradition of adorning the exterior in thousands of blue lights during the holiday season. =)

Check out the Before photos of this property and interior at Washington Post.

2012 DC Design House

This years designers include Brian VanderFleet, Nancy Twomey, Nadia Subaran, Victoria Sanchez, Kelly Proxmire, Daniel Proctor, Christopher Patrick, Susan Nelson, Shanon Munn and Amanda Welsh, John Matthew Moore, Marika Meyer, Allie Mann, Elizabeth Krial, Sharon Kleinman, Tricia Huntley, Annette Hannon, Lorna Gross, Blake Dunlevey and Gina Benincasa, Wendy Danzinger, Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, Christopher Boutlier, Steven Wlodarczyk, Elizabeth Boland and Carolyn Wilson. All so talented!

The DC Design House opens to the public on Saturday, April 14 and remains open unSl Sunday, May 13. If in the DC area, plan to visit Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, $20.

The home is in Washington Fine Properties Private Placement Program. For more information on this residential estate, contact Daryl Judy 202-380-7219 or go to http://www.WFP.com.

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