FYIDC: D.C. Design House

by Laura

Washington designers transform a sprawling Spring Valley home for a good cause.
By Anne H. Kim

Designer Kelley Proxmire's "L'Orangerie." (Photo by Robert Radifera)

Design junkies looking to live out their secret fantasies of living the good life shouldn’t miss the D.C. Design House, benefiting Children’s National Medical Center and officially opening to the public on Saturday, April 14 at 4951 Rockwood Parkway NW.

Washington’s top designers flexed their considerable aesthetic muscles to outfit 23 rooms in what was once the home of Gladys and Dr. Francisco Aguirre and their six children. An international consultant, the late Francisco Aguirre was well-known in Latino circles as the founder of “Diario Las Americas” newspaper, which family members still run in Miami, though Mrs. Aguirre – now a sprightly 90 years – lives in Washington.

Christopher Patrick's funky upstairs bath. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

Designers had their work cut out for them remaking the 1956 estate built by W.C. & A.N. Miller, which includes 10,000 square feet of space, no less than seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms over three floors, plus outdoor spaces and a deck. Designers, including Annette Hannon, Christopher Patrick, Elizabeth Krial, Marika Meyer, Kelley Proxmire and more only had about two months to complete the job. The result is a complete transformation that will have design aficionados salivating.

Shop the boutiques located on the ground floor, where you’ll find home furnishings and even some stylish wardrobe accessories – all for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds will help CNMC care for children and anyone else who needs healthcare regardless of their financial status.

A bright hallway by designer Christopher Boutlier. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

Designer Marika Meyer's serene "Morning Room." (Photo courtesy Marika Meyer)

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