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A Preview of Spaces 7, 8, 9, & 10 at the 2012 DC Design House
A Preview of Spaces 7, 8, 9, & 10 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Third of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is underway and set to open on April 14th.

For Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors in Alexandria, VA, www.scwinteriors.com, being included as one of the designers in the 2012 DC Design House is “the most prestigious invitation for a designer.” But it also means sprinting to the finish line. “Being selected to design for the showhouse is a bit like being crowned homecoming queen then having to run a marathon in your ball gown while collecting items for a scavenger hunt,” Cavin-Winfrey says. It’s also one of the highlights of one’s career, she notes.

Cavin-Winfrey is designing Space 7, the Formal Dining Room, which was previously the living room in the 10,000-square-foot Spring Valley home. Typically when working with a client, Cavin-Winfrey listens and learns about how they entertain and travel, notes places where they’ve been, really gets to know her clients. “It helps define what makes their home feel like a home,” she says. Since the Design House doesn’t have clients to design for, Cavin-Winfrey is recreating the space from her own personal experiences, such as anticipating wonderful celebrations in the dining room, and will use colors and patterns to play on the celebratory mood. “I am thrilled to help people who see the space take away some element in the design that might fit their home or their lifestyle,” she adds.

In the adjoining Space 8, the Family Room previously used as the dining room, Dan Proctor of Kirk Designswww.kirk-designs.com, in Baltimore, MD, is designing a family room that combines function with comfort and beautiful style. “The family room is most often considered the heart of the home, a place where family and friends gather to talk, play games and watch television,” Proctor says. For the Design House's Family Room, he is taking his inspiration from the true traditional architecture of the house as well as current trends in color and texture.

For Proctor, to be selected by some of the most talented designers in the field to take part in the DC Design House is a true honor. “To be recognized by them is a thrill,” says Proctor, who also if pleased to be part of such a worthy cause. When not at the Design House and when working with his clients, he develops a “visual vocabulary… by listening to our clients’ requirements and understanding their vision.” He provides a space that is a “true reflection of their style.”

While Spaces 7 and 8 are on the main floor behind the foyer, Spaces 9 and 10 are at the top of the curved staircase. Space 9, the Modern Nursery, designed by Elizabeth Krial of Elizabeth Krial Design in Reston, VA, www.elizabethkrialdesign.com, is one of the brightest rooms in the house with a wall of front-facing windows. “The most afforded luxury in my space is the natural sunlight that washes into the room,” says Krial, who adds that everyone defines luxury differently. “My design philosophy is that everyone deserves to and should live luxuriously.”

Krial, who feels lucky to be using her talents to support Children’s National Medical Center, is adding layers of softness and comfort through textiles in the Modern Nursery. “It has a lightness that will remind you of the hope and joy that a new baby brings,” she says.

Connecting to the Modern Nursery is Space 10, the Nursery Bath designed by Allie Mann of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc, www.casedesign.com, in Falls Church, VA and Bethesda, MD. Mann will begin her design by converting a set of closets in the hallway between Spaces 9 and 10 into a changing area using complementing colors and textures. Her adjacent bath will bring in “neutrals with character,” she says.

“We selected plumbing finishes, cabinetry, tiles, and more that will appeal to many, given the style,” Mann notes, “but it’s the finishes and details that make these pieces so special.” For example, Mann is installing subway tiles that are larger than normal in the shower. “While they’re traditional in style, the 4” x 12” dimensions of the tiles modernize them.” Traditionally a 3” x 6” size tile would be used.

Mann, who designed the master bath in the 2011 DC Design House, says to be selected again is a great feeling. “It’s a fantastic fundraiser for Children’s National Medical Center,” she says. “I just feel so fortunate to be part of such a special event.”

In the Fourth of the Eight-Part Feature, Spaces 11, 12, & 13 will be highlighted.

For more information about the 2012 DC Design House, go to www.dcdesignhouse.com and follow www.facebook.com/DCDesignHouse.