This Foxhall Road residence will host the show house.
A drawing of the living room by Pamela Harvey offers a glimpse of the finished space.
A drawing of the china pantry by Aidan Design.

Show House Splendor

Open October 2 to 30, the 2016 DC Design House offers ideas and inspiration

For the past eight years, the DC Design House has been the premier design event of spring in Washington—until this year when it moves to the fall. The 2016 show house will take over the stately Wesley Heights home that most recently housed French Ambassador Gérard Araud while the embassy residence was under renovation.

Twenty local design teams will revamp interior and exterior spaces using a creative mix of furniture, fabrics, art, and accessories. Farrow & Ball is the exclusive paint sponsor.

“Visitors will see a great mix of styles in approachable, inspiring and inviting rooms that could actually be used and enjoyed,” says one of the design advisors,  Michael Hampton of Michael Hampton Design.

Participating designers are Eve Fay, Gina Palmer, Blake Dunlevy, Jonathan Senner, Kelley Proxmire, Kimberly Asner, Josh Hildreth, Victor Sanz, Pamela Harvey, Camille Saum, Betsy Barmat Stires, Nadia N. Subaran, Megan M. Padilla, Lena Kroupnik, Victoria Sanchez, Charles Almonte, Andrea Houck, Allie Mann, Rachel Dougan, Quintece Hill-Mattauszek, Melanie Hansen, Pooja Bhagia Mittra, Steve Corbeille, Barbara Brown, Stephen Wlodarczyk and Joshua Dean.

“There’s a nice group of newer designers along with some veterans,” says DC Design House co-founder Skip Singleton. “And it’s quite a marquee house.” The five-story, seven-bedroom property is currently on the market for $10.8 million; it was designed by GTM Architects and built in 2010 by Gibson Builders.

Proceeds from the DC Design House benefit Children’s National Health System. The event has raised more than $1.5 million for the organization since 2008.

The show house is located at 2509 Foxhall Road, NW, and will be closed on Mondays. Home & Design is a media sponsor.