Interior Design: DC Design House

by Erica Moody

This year’s DC Design House features 24 design firms in 28 spaces. 

By Erica Moody  

Front Exterior

DC Design House Front Exterior (Photo by Angie Seckinger)

The DC Design House, an annual fundraiser for Children’s National Health System now in its eighth year, is the perfect place to get some creative inspiration for your home design needs. The beautiful 8,869-square-foot new country estate in McLean built by Artisan Builders and designed by Harrison Design features three levels of rooms with 28 uniquely designed spaces by 24 Washington area designers. From a sophisticated nursery to the perfect summer patio, these are a few of our favorite spaces.

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Nursery by Nancy Twomey (Photo by Angie Seckinger)

No cheesy kids’ decorations here. Finnian Interiors and Finnian’s Moon designer Nancy Twomey has conjured a nursery that is simultaneously elegant and sweet, appealing to children and parents alike. The baby fawn photograph by Sharon Montrose embodies a childlike innocence appropriate for the space. “It’s a nursery with a very sophisticated vibe,” Twomey told us. “It’s a mix of Scandinavian country with a modern feel.”

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Christopher Patrick’s master bedroom (Photo by Angie Seckinger)

Christopher Patrick’s master bedroom has an edgy, modern vibe, reflecting his belief that the design process should be fun and engaging. Patrick was inspired by a drawing of a Cartier necklace he saw at the Hillwood Museum. Cognac leather and emerald green add pops of color to the earthy slate gray base color, and it all comes together beautifully.

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Joanne Fitzgerald’s bistro (Photo by Angie Seckinger)

Gatega Interior Design’s Joanne Fitzgerald transformed her lower level space into a chic and comfortable bistro. We loved the Jessica Zoob “Dreaming” Frost wallcovering against the earthy stone, and the striking works of art against the walls.

Courtney Cox and Alex Deringer's Guest Bedroom

Courtney Cox and Alex Deringer’s Guest Bedroom (Photo by Angie Seckinger)

Stepping into the guest suite designed by Ivy Lane‘s Alex Deringer and Courtney Cox (who we were proud to feature in the “Home Life” section of our April issue) brings a sense of calm. According to the stylish, Alexandria-based duo, they achieved this relaxing feel by “layering without over-embellishing, using texture and sheen, and enveloping the guest using softly contrasting colors.”

Skip Sroka's patio design

Skip Sroka’s patio design (Photo by Angie Seckinger)

Outside the house, you’ll find a private oasis in the form of a patio. Sroka Design Incorporated’s Skip Sroka chose classic blues and whites to complement the natural green of the outdoors and paid attention to function as well–pavilion draperies can be drawn to block the sun if you’re lunching on a hot day, and opened to catch the breeze at night. He partnered with Walpole Outdoors, Concrete Jungle and Robert Allen Fabrics on structure and furnishings.

See more of these breathtaking spaces by visiting the design house yourself through May 10, 2015! Go to to plan your visit.


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