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2012 DC Design House
1 House, 23 Designers, 37 Days, 1 Great Cause
The DC Design House opens to the public on Saturday, April 14 and remains open until Sunday, May 13. Times are: Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, $20.
The DC Design House is a unique design show house event for the DC Metro area where top designers showcase their talents to raise funds for Children’s National Medical Center. Situated on a one-half-acre site, this year's home, also known as the Blue House, boasts 10,000 square feet, seven-bedrooms, and seven baths. The designers, along with rooms they’ll be designing in the order of the flow of the tour, are below:
- Space 1 outside entry - D&A Dunlevy Landscaping (Barnesville MD)
- Space 2 foyer and staircase - Matthew Moore of John Matthew Moore Fine Art (VA)
- Space 3 parlor - Annette Hannon of Annette Hannon Interior Design (Burke VA)
- Space 4 ballroom/L'Orangerie - Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design (Bethesda MD)
- Space 5 music room - Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors (Bethesda MD)
- Space 6 back terrace - Botanical Decorators Landscape Architecture (Olney MD)
- Space 7 dining room - Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors (Alexandria VA)
- Space 8 family room - Dan Proctor of Kirk Designs (Baltimore MD)
- Space 9 bedroom 2/Modern Nursery - Elizabeth Krial of Elizabeth Krial Design (VA)
- Space 10 bath 1 - Allie Mann of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. (Bethesda MD and Falls Church VA)
- Space 11 master bedroom - Sharon Kleinman of Transitions (Potomac MD)
- Space 12 master deck - Sharon Munn of Ambi Design Studio (McLean VA)
- Space 13 master sitting room - Tricia Huntley of Huntley & Co Interior Design (DC)
- Space 14 hallway - Carolyn Wilson & Elizabeth Boland of Design in a Day (Bethesda MD)
- Space 15 bedroom 3 - Wendy Danziger of Wendy Danziger Interior Design (Bethesda MD)
- Space 16 bedroom 4 - Lorna Gross of Savant Interior Design (Bethesda MD)
- Space 17 bedroom 5 - Susan Nelson of Susan Nelson Interiors (Great Falls VA)
- Space 18 bath 2 - Christopher Patrick of Christopher Patrick Interiors (DC)
- Space 19 bedroom 6 - Nancy Twomey of Finnian's Moon Interiors (Alexandria VA)
- Space 20 kitchen - Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design (Bethesda MD)
- Space 21 media room - Victoria Sanchez of Victoria Sanchez Interiors (Alexandria VA)
- Space 22 guest bath 3 - Brian VanFleet of BVF Design Consulting (DC)
- Space 23 back hallway - Christopher Boutlier of Christopher Boutlier Inc. (DC)
The Spring Valley house, owned by the Francisco Aguirre Revocable Trust and the Gladys Aguirre Revocable Trust, was built in 1956 by W.C. & A.N. Miller for Dr. Francisco and Gladys Aguirre, who raised six children in the home. The late Dr. Aguirre was an international consultant as well as a founder of the Diairo Las Americas newspaper, still run by the family in Miami. Mrs. Aguirre, 90, lives in Washington, DC. Over the years, the Aguirres entertained prominent Latin American political and business figures including heads of state from Nicaragua, Argentina, Costa Rica, Panama, Bolivia and others in the 10,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, seven-bath estate. The home became known as the Blue House for the family’s 40-plus year tradition of adorning the exterior in thousands of blue lights during the holiday season. Situated on a one-half-acre site, the home is in Washington Fine Properties Private Placement Program. For more information, contact Daryl Judy 202-380-7219, Kimberly Casey 202-361-3228 or Margot Wilson 202-549-2100 or go to www.WFP.com.
DC Design House Inc. is comprised of all volunteer corporate officers Skip Singleton, Sandy Steele, and Taylor Wells who work in concert with an all-volunteer Executive Committee including Susan Hayes Long (chair), Karen Beiley, Terry Castellani, Diana DellaVilla, Jenny DeSanto, Christina Emmerman, Christi Perez, Stephanie Robinson, Jean Seline, Kim Summerville, and Jill Watson. This year’s design advisors include Seline, Wells, Beiley, David Mitchell, Skip Sroka, Ann Lambeth and Nancy Colbert.
Boutiques will be set up on the lower level with a percentage of sale proceeds donated to Children’s National Medical Center. Sponsors to date include PhRMA, Home & Design, MoKi Media, Loft at AI, Product Non Product, DC Living Real Estate, Farrow & Ball, Foxcraft Design Group, Robert Radifera Photography, Child Health Center Board, Tobin, O’Connor and Ewing, Horizon Houseworks, and Supon Creative.
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About the DC Design House
The Washington, DC Design House, a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity, began in 2008 as a unique design show house event for the DC Metro area in which top area designers showcased their talents into a “flowing design home” to raise funds for a local charity. What began as a single event goal to raise funds for Children’s National Medical Center has developed into the region’s foremost annual residential design attraction and as a leading annual fundraiser event for Children’s National Medical Center. Established by business partners and husband-and-wife founders Skip and Debbie Singleton, Principals of DC Living Real Estate, LLC, in partnership with an all-volunteer team of sponsors, organizers, regional media, design industry manufacturers and some of the nation’s most awarded and widely recognized designers. The DC Design House quickly earned a following with more than 30,000 visitors and close to $600,000 raised for Children’s National Medical Center over the last four years. The tradition continues with the 2012 DC Design House. For more information, visit www.dcdesignhouse.com, Facebook and Twitter.
About Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 303 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit www.ChildrensNational.org, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.