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Sneak Preview: Inside the 2016 DC Design House

Sneak Preview: Inside the 2016 DC Design House
This year's Design House was most recently used as the French ambassador's temporary residence. Photos and renderings courtesy of the DC Design House.

Every year, dozens of Washington designers take over a single house, giving each of its rooms top-to-bottom makeovers, with ticket sales to tour the final product benefiting Children’s National Health System. This year’s DC Design House—a five-story mansion on Foxhall Road in Wesley Heights—will be open to the public October 1 through October 30. As they finish up their rooms, the decorators shared renderings of what they have in store.

The house, which was most recently used as the French ambassador’s temporary residence, is more than 11,000 square feet, with seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms—so you’ll see far more than this if you visit in-person. But these 13 spaces are among the areas we’re most excited to see brought to life. (If you really love the house, it’s listed with Washington Fine Properties for $10.8 million.)


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1. Eve Fay, with Farrow & Ball, is creating this sunny hall/stairway.


9. PamelaHarvey
2. A glamorous kelly green living room by Pamela Harvey.


12. MelanieHansen-SteveCorbeille-PoojaMittra
3. Melanie Hansen, Pooja Bhagia Mittra, and Steve Corbeille, of Yardstick Interiors, are designing this loft space.


5. LenaKroupnik-2
4. Lena Kroupnik’s opulent powder room looks like it will dwarf many DC apartments.


6. KelleyProxmire-2
5. Coral is a big theme this year—this space is by Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design.
8. JoshHildreth-VictorSanz
6. Josh Hildreth and Victor Sanz, of DMG Interiors, keep their library/whiskey bar light and bright with coral walls.
11. Charles Almonte
7. A bedroom by Charles Almonte also features the citrusy shade.


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8. Victoria Sanchez, of Victoria at Home, is tackling the ultra luxe master suite.


16. AndreaHouck
9. Another glam bedroom—this one is designed by Andrea Houck.


14. BarbaraBrown1
10. An office that’s equal parts work- and lounge-area, from Barbara Brown Interiors.
17. AllieMann
11. Yes, even the laundry room gets a makeover: Allie Mann, of Case Design, is creating this modern space.


18. RachelDougan
12. A second-floor “lady lair” from Rachel Dougan, of ViVi Interiors.


13. QuinteceHill-Mattauszek
13. The designers also take on the house’s outdoor areas: Quintece Hill-Mattauszek, from Studio Q Designs, is building a “vintage cabana” on the roof.








Senior Editor

Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 and was a senior editor until 2022.