PHOTOS: Tour 2016’s DC Design House

The 9th annual D.C. Design House is now open to the public. Each year, one local home has every single room redesigned by local interior designers and architects.

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Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"I really fell in love with the room because it already had a great natural symmetry about the room and the moldings were fantastic. I felt that the room was very classic and I wanted to keep that in the room, so my inspiration from the room came from the floral pillow and I knew I wanted to do black and white in this room, and that had the black and white and it had that fresh green that I thought was really perfect for going into the fall. I wanted the room to have a really curated look and that's really what I was after.... So you have some really modern elements in the room, but yet there are some pieces in the room that look like you would have collected them over time.” -- Pamela Harvey, Pamela Harvey Interiors
"This is a big new house that I think is really typical of Washington. When we came into the house everything was newly painted, the paneling was new and in all of the newness what you realized was the vastness of the house, but nothing felt warm and cozy and intimate. I think when you build something that's new, one of the things you need to balance out the newness with is texture." -- Josh Hildreth, DMG Interiors
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"Once I fell in love with the [Schumacher Plaisirs De La Chine fabric], I decided to do the color scheme of coral blue and white with a touch of gray. The walls are so intense because there are six doors, and [with] that window in the room, there's not that much wall space really exposed so it doesn't overpower the room. Then the ceiling and the flooring are very neutral so it softens it a little." -- Kelley Proxmire, Kelley Interior Design
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"We really wanted this to be an extension of the living room so you could have the doors open and flow freely in there or out here, and we wanted lots of seating." -- Kimberly Asner, Country Casual Teak
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"One of the first things I ever thought of was what can I do to add joy to someone's life in this room. I decided things were so sad in this world of ours; every day there is something tragic that seems to happen, so I said, why not put caricatures on the wall? I also have a room that is extremely comfortable and functional, which is always an absolute necessity in my designs. I also like to bring in something that is very down to earth, and to be honest lest costly and less expensive, and that is the burlap at the windows. It's a fun room that can be really used and enjoyed." -- Camille Saum, Camille Saum Interior Design
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"I’m trying to bring nature into the kitchen. It was all very white. The walls were white, the cabinets were all here, and I was lucky to get Thomas Moser's really natural-feeling walnut furniture to help bring along my mood. The wallpaper reminded me of the clouds and this fixture from Niermann Weeks also kind of looked like a cloud floating by. I was trying to bring in the outdoors and make it a little more organic." -- Betsy Barmat Stires, Frog Hill Designs
"We really wanted to think about what someone who might live here would want and would potentially want to do with a dining room of that size. It's really about entertaining and having things that you love [accessible], because if you're the kind of person that affords these things you want to use them, and not just have them in the padded things at the top of your closet." -- Megan M. Padilla, Aidan Design
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"The wallpaper, which is a map of Paris from the 1760s, is all hand drawn by some artist back in the 1700s and Schumacher made it into a paper. If you put five panels together, it makes a giant picture of Paris. From there it was kind of a French theme. I went with the greens and the blacks and the golds because Napoleon's apartment was in these deep rich greens, so that was kind of the inspiration for the room." -- Jonathan Senner, Atelier Jonathan Senner
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"When I saw it was just plain white paint, no character and no personality, I wanted to evoke a sense of luxury. I upholstered all the walls in a neutral linen to help absorb some of the sound in the space so that when you walk in you immediately feel like you've been transported into a different sense in the house." -- Victoria Sanchez, Victoria At Home
"The theme here is sort of sunrise and sunsets, because it's a bedroom I thought it was appropriate for that. I wanted that orange color that you see in sunrises and sunsets so I started with that and then I found this fabric which also has that color, and I just like that whimsical pattern. Then I painted the ceiling blue to give you that sky." -- Charles Almonte, Charles Almonte Architecture and Interior Design
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"This room is for a young French ingenue transported here by her diplomatic parents and she wasn't quite ready to leave Paris, so she has an homage to Paris. The wallpaper was definitely an inspiration as I started my thinking for the room. If a young person wants a room for themselves, it should inspire them and it shouldn't feel stuffy; it should be their age, yet I wanted to keep the palette simple so as she grew older if she wanted to change things, you could." -- Andrea Houck, A. Houck Designs, Inc.
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"The inspiration was really to feel like an extension of the home. Before, it didn't quite feel like that. If you're going to be in here doing lots of laundry, washing garments, cutting flowers why not be in a relaxing calming retreat?" -- Allie Mann, Case Design/Remodeling Inc.
Angie Seckinger/ DC Design House
"I thought of the Orient Express, like a train where when you come in, you can only see so much, and then you turn the corner and you go further on either side and you get more. I just went with that and just tried to slowly unveil the room with interesting things in each area. It also kind of starts to reveal her character as well. She obviously loves art, she’s a fencer, she likes cocktails and she's got a little bit of a sense of humor. It's her little escape, and she gets to be surrounded by all the things that she likes." -- Rachel Dougan, Vivi Interiors
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"My inspiration was for a female. At the end of the day, she could come up here and answer her emails, have a cocktail, relax or read a book and kind of relax a little bit before she turned in for the night." -- Barbara Brown, Barbara Brown Interiors, LLC
"I decided it would be best used as a relaxation kind of hangout, read, write a little letter, journal, do something kind of quieter up here. I also knew I wanted to use some sort of graphic artwork. I commissioned this really cool painting from our friend Jorge who has done several works in the home. With really only color input, he came up with this gorgeous painting for us." -- Melanie Hansen, Yardstick Interiors
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"The space itself inspired me. When I came in, this was all blank. Nothing on the walls, no wainscoting, but there was this great roof deck. It was very drab. It was very dark and I just wanted it to feel lively. I wanted something very bright, not over on the color, but definitely a lot of pattern to kind of brighten the space up. So I challenged that inner Dorothy Draper and really encompassed the walls with lots of pattern to give you that sense of fun and [vibrance]." -- Quintece Hill-Mattauszek, Studio Q Designs
Angie Seckinger/DC Design House
"The back hall is really just about being dramatic and taking a smaller space that had strong vantage points on every opportunity, and creating a focal point in a tight area. Going dark there was part of being able to hold a lighting fixture that huge. I wanted the front and the back hallway to sort of still be continuous parts of the house, so I used the same paper in two different colorways so it was a great way to keep the relationship going." -- Eve Fay, Farrow & Ball
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