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1 House, 23 Designers, 37 Days, 1 Great Cause
1 House, 23 Designers, 37 Days, 1 Great Cause


DC Design House Announces 2012 Designers

DC Design House committee members including designer liaison Taylor Wells, Jean Seline and Karen Beiley along with designers David Mitchell, Skip Sroka, Nancy Colbert and Anne Lambeth recently announced the designers selected for the 5th Annual DC Design House at 4951 Rockwood Parkway, NW, Washington, DC, benefiting Children’s National Medical Center.

The designers along with rooms they’ll be designing in the order of the flow of the tour are below:

Space 1 outside entry – Blake Dunlevy & Gina Benincasa of D&A Dunlevy Landscape Architecture (Barnesville MD)

Space 2 foyer and staircase - Matthew Moore of John Matthew Moore Fine Art (McLean 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 – Stephen Wlodarczyk of 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 (Reston 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 - Shanon 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/Guest Room - Wendy Danziger of Danziger Design (Bethesda MD)

Space 16 bedroom 4 - Lorna Gross of Savant Interior Design (Bethesda MD)

Space 17 bedroom 5/Girl’s Room - Susan Nelson of Susan Nelson Interiors (Great Falls VA) 

Space 18 bath 2 - Christopher Patrick of Christopher Patrick Interiors (DC)

Space 19 bedroom 6/Boy’s Room - Nancy Twomey of Finnian's Moon Interiors (Alexandria VA)

Space 20 kitchen - Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design (Bethesda MD)

Space 21 media room/Teenager’s Retreat - 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 Gladys Aguirre Revocable Trust, Francisco Aguirre Marital Trust and Francisco Aguirre Family Trust, was built in 1956 by W.C. & A.N. Miller for Gladys and Dr. Francisco 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. 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 situated on a one-half-acre site. The house was also featured on several television programs and in local newspapers including The Washington Post. 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.

Over the years the house underwent renovations designed by Douglas Soe Lin, AIA, of Soe Lin & Associates, Architects in Bethesda, Maryland. One renovation expanded the main floor including the kitchen area, as well as added an elevator. A second renovation incorporated a three-story wing on the left side of the house. Special shelving was also added in the attic to hold the extensive collection of blue lights used during the holidays. The home is currently 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 Wells who work in concert with an all volunteer Executive Committee including Susan Hayes Long (chair), Beiley, Seline, Terry Castellani, Diana DellaVilla, Jenny DeSanto, Christina Emmerman, Christi Perez, Stephanie Robinson, Kim Summerville, and Jill Watson.

Boutiques including: For Ewe by Edie Adelston, Ibhana Creations by Meena Tharmaratnam, Insiders by Diane Zutant, Jeff L. Designs by Jeff LiaBraaten, Life’s a Beach by Mary Magner-a Lily Pulitzer Shop, Fran Spaeder, and Whyte House Monograms by Debbie McCarthy Whyte, 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, Supon Creative and The Collection at Chevy Chase.

Dates to Remember: Press Day April 10th, rsvp to sherry.moeller@mokimedia.com, and the Preview Party Friday, April 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Preview Party begins with a tour of the DC Design House in Spring Valley and then moves to The Collection at Chevy Chase, 5471 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. More info on http://www.dcdesignhouse.com. 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. $20.

For Media Inquiries: Contact Sherry Moeller, principal MoKi Media, sherry.moeller@mokimedia.com or 301-807-0910.

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

Updates to follow with designers' plans and before photos.