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Part One: 1 House, 21 Designers, 30 Days, 1 Great Cause
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Part One: 1 House, 21 Designers, 30 Days, 1 Great Cause

This story comes to us from Sherry Moeller and is part one in a seven-part series of articles about the 4th Annual DC Design House, which is set to open April 9th.

The 4th Annual DC Design House benefiting Children's National Medical Center is set to open April 1st to the press and then to the public on April 9th with the area?s top designers working daily to make the spaces in the 1925 English Country Tudor home at 3134 Ellicott  Street, NW, Washington DC 20008 ready for viewing.

Join all the designers: Scott Brinitzer and Jeff Potter (outdoor spaces, koi pond and pool area), Iantha Carley (master bedroom and dressing area), Nancy Colbert (library), Cynthia Ferranto (outdoor spaces, front), Barbara Franceski (family room), Samantha Friedman (bedroom), Jason Hodges (bathroom), Liz Levin (foyer), Lauren Liess (bedroom), Gary Lovejoy (sunroom), Allie Mann/Case Design (bathroom), Cindy McClure (bathroom), David Mitchell (bedroom), Erin Paige Pitts (pool room), James Rill/Rill Architects (front exterior portico), Camille Saum (dining room), Whitney Stewart (garden room), Nadia Subaran/Aidan Design (pool kitchen), Patrick Sutton (living room) and Denise Willard (powder room) as they take the home that was first owned by Charles Woodward of Woodward & Lothrop Department Stores to a whole new level. The present owners are the Wasserman family with the late George Wasserman being one of the founders of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington.

In this seven-part series of articles, WUSA9.com will post the progress at the DC Design House featuring three spaces per day from March 23 through March 31. Beginning with the outdoor spaces, Jim Rill and the Rill Architects team of Linda Gallegos, Kay Kim, Rich Rossi and James Murray take inspiration from the original Tudor style of the house by making color and trim adjustments to the panels above the entry. Their plan includes recessing wood brackets to add definition, updating exterior lighting, removing the screen door to reveal the details of the existing front door, and installing a mahogany ceiling and crown molding. Planters and wrought iron furniture create a lasting first impression of the DC Design House. Rill Architects also worked with Cynthia Ferranto Landscape Design to refresh the entry landscape.

Also part of the exterior finishes of this one-acre property in Forest Hills is the redesign of the koi pond and pool area around back. Led by Scott Brinitzer of Scott Brinitzer Design Associates and Jeff Potter, the backyard is taking on the glory of its past where big bands played on the dance floor and large gatherings encircled the pool and koi pond.

A complement to the festivities is an array of boutiques with a portion of the proceeds also benefiting Children’s National Medical Center. Boutiques include: John Matthew Moore Fine Art & Home by Matthew Moore, who will set up an art gallery space in the main kitchen, with other boutiques Ibhana Creations by Meena Tharmaratnam, Whyte House Monograms by Debbie McCarthy Whyte, Jeff L. Designs by Jeff LiaBraaten, For Ewe by Edie Adelston, Insiders by Diane Zutant, Life’s A Beach by Mary Magner, June B, and Fran Spaeder set up in the carriage house/garage areas.

Sponsors for the 2011 DC Design House include: Blue Water Media, Child Health Center Board, DC Living Real Estate, Dr. Glass Window Washing, Farrow & Ball, Foxcraft Design Group, Gordon Beall Photography, Home & Design magazine, Horizon Houseworks, MoKi Media, PhRMA, Product Non Product, Pyramid Builders, Supon Creative, and Tobin, O’Connor and Ewing. Additional corporate supporters include Compass Point Research & Trading, Denning Homes, Eli Lily, Elmendorf Strategies, and Pfizer.

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, Christina Emmerman, Christi Perez, Stephanie Robinson, Jean Seline, Skip Singleton, Debbie Singleton, Sandy Steele, Kim Summerville, and Taylor Wells. This year’s design advisors include Seline and Wells along with Ann Lambeth, Frank Babb Randolph and Michael Roberson.

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 co-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 20,000 visitors and more than $400,000 raised for Children’s National Medical Center over the last three years.  The tradition continues with the 2011 DC Design House.

Dates to remember:

- April 1, Press Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- April 8, Preview Party, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., $125, www.dcdesignhouse.com

- April 9, Opening Day of the DC Design House to the public, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $20. No food or drink, children under age 8 including infants, photography, pets or high heels. Not wheelchair accessible. Tickets can be purchased at the house.

- May 8, Last day of the 2011 DC Design House

Look for Part Two on March 24. For more information, visit www.dcdesignhouse.com, www.facebook.com/ dcdesignhouse and @dc_designhouse.

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