Design & Home

Take a Sneak Peek Inside Two Very Different Potomac Homes (Photos)

Before this weekend's house tours, compare Contemporaria owner Deborah Kalkstein's modern home and Frank Islam's classical mansion.
Tech entrepreneur Frank Islam's enormous mansion will be one of four homes spotlighted on this weekend's Potomac Country Home Tour.

Your weekend eye-candy opportunity awaits: On Saturday and Sunday, Potomac’s seasonal festival—which includes such varied activities as a shopping night and a petting zoo—kicks off its annual house tour. Four homes are included on this year’s tour, but we’d go for just these two alone: a sleek modern-industrial home designed by Contemporaria owner Deborah Kalkstein; and Norton Manor, the lavish mansion owned by tech entrepreneur Frank Islam and his wife, Debbie Driesman, which draws its grand inspiration from the White House, the Capitol, and the Palace of Versailles, and boasts an incredibly massive 47,000 square feet on ten acres. Oh, and that includes a koi pond, which at 2,000 square feet is easily larger than many Washington apartments.

We snagged a sneak peek inside the two homes—click through the slideshow to get a preview.

Potomac Country House Tour, Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 PM. $30 advance purchase online, or $40 day-of at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10033 River Rd., Potomac.

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