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 oversees the magazine’s real estate and home design coverage, and writes long-form feature stories. She was a 2020 Livingston Award finalist for her two-part investigation into a possible wrongful conviction stemming from a murder in rural Virginia. Kashino lives in Northeast DC.