Inside the 2017 DC Design House — a $10.28M estate

What old is new again, plus more trends in the DC Design House (WTOP's Rachel Nania)

WASHINGTON — Now in its tenth year, the annual DC Design House is bigger than ever.

This year, 23 designers transformed a nine-bedroom, 27,256 square-foot Potomac, Maryland, estate into a luxurious showroom, highlighting the latest in home design trends.

When the Design House opens to the public on Saturday, Sept. 30, visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the carefully curated spaces, talk with the designers, and even shop the looks in the Design House’s boutique, with proceeds from the event benefiting Children’s National Health System. 

If you plan on stopping by, Susan Hayes-Long, chair of the DC Design House, has one piece of advice: Look up.

“Because the ceilings are so important,” she said.

And don’t forget to bring your appetite. This year, the Design House will have an on-site cafe — appropriately located in the pool house.

Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see:

This year’s DC Design House is located near the intersection of Bradley Boulevard and River Road, just past Congressional Country Club. The four-story, nine-bedroom, 27,256 square-foot estate is currently on the market for $10.28 million, but from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29, it’s the stage for 23 local designers.  (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The DC Design House, now in its tenth year, is a fundraiser for Children’s National Health System. Ticket sales are donated to the hospital, as are a portion of proceeds from the on-site boutique. In the last nine years, the Design House has raised more than $1.78 million for Children’s. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Twenty-three designers were selected to transform the vacant home into a showcase for interior design. The dining room was designed by Susan M. Jamieson, who was inspired by a modern Parisian home. (Angie Seckinger)
The Study Royale, designed by Lorna Gross, is tucked behind the estate’s library. (Angie Seckinger)
The Collector’s Cabinet, from Josh Hildreth, is meant to be both chic and relaxed. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Textiles and tranquil colors fill the Lady’s Retreat, designed by Marika Meyer. (Angie Seckinger)
The two-story library is one of the highlights of the estate. Designer Kelley Proxmire hand-painted 500 books various shades of blue and hung bright window panels to offset the dark wood tones. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The estate’s guest bedroom, designed by Caryn Cramer, is one of the more colorful rooms in the home. The passageway leading to the room is filled with art and printed wallpaper. (Angie Seckinger)
The upstairs family room, designed by Erica Burns, provides a comfortable retreat for reading or watching TV on the second floor. (Angie Seckinger)
Artists will take delight in the room dubbed “Le Boudoir,” designed by Romain Baty. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
An upstairs bedroom designed for the modern professional by Keira St. Claire-Bowery. (Angie Seckinger)
The massive master suite, from Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas, is glamorous, contemporary and clean. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The living room off the foyer, designed by Margery Wedderburn, was inspired by the French Modern Movement. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
A lollipop sculpture sits in the window of the downstairs living room in the DC Design House. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The downstairs living room, designed by Margery Wedderburn, is meant for both relaxing and entertaining. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The poolside oasis is from Kimberly Asner. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The Little Jewel Box Sitting Room, from designer Camille Saum, radiates color in the downstairs space. (Angie Seckinger)
This kid-friendly family room, from Todd Martz and Susan Nelson, was designed for a screen-free experience. Next to the door is a basket for parents and kids to leave their electronic devices. (Angie Seckinger)

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