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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Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She was previously a reporter for Legal Times and the National Law Journal. She has recently written about the Marriott family’s civil war and the 50-year rebirth of 14th Street, and reported the definitive oral history of the Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt case. She lives in Northeast DC with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.