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A Preview of Spaces 17, 18 & 19 at the 2012 DC Design House
A Preview of Spaces 17, 18 & 19 at the 2012 DC Design House


This is the Sixth 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.

The top floor of the Fifth Annual DC Design House includes three spaces. Susan Nelson of Susan Nelson Interiors of Great Falls, VA, www.susannelsoninteriors.com, is designing Space 17, the Daughter’s Bedroom. By combining block and geometric prints in green, yellow, pink, brown and cream, Nelson creates a cozy haven. “By using a mix of new and repurposed furniture, the room has a quality of changing along with the girl,” Nelson says. For instance, the coverlet features a sophisticated fabric with a watercolor quality, while the club chair is slipcovered in a fun confetti print in pinks and purples that the “daughter” might have loved as a child.

Nelson, who says she’s “exhilarated to be in the company of other designers chosen” in the Design House, loves updating a traditional space by adding a modern sensibility. “My work is distinguished by the mixtures of patterns, textures and colors to make each room unique,” she says. In the Daughter’s Bedroom, Nelson hangs a ball gown on a closet door next to the coat tree with ball cap – another transition from childhood to young adult.

Centered between the two top floor bedrooms is the Third Level Bath by Christopher Patrick of Christopher Patrick Interiors in Washington, DC, www.christopherpatrickinteriors.com. As a new designer just opening his firm last year, Patrick considers it a “huge honor” to be included in this year’s Design House. “Being included as a part of DC’s well established design community is not only exciting, but also an incredible opportunity to show the public what our company has to offer,” Patrick says.

Interpreting traditional design principles in new and unexpected ways, Patrick is embracing the Third Level Bath’s existing vintage details while upgrading the space in a way that maintains the bathroom’s character. Working with the original pinwheel tile floor as inspiration, Patrick is incorporating Farrow & Ball wallpaper that brings out the tiles’ burgundy tones. A white Carrera marble vanity top, polished nickel fixtures, subway shower tiles, and a faux tortoise shell mirror add just the right amount of luxury to the bath without making it feel overdone.

Space 19, the Little Boy’s Room by Nancy Twomey of Finnian’s Moon Interiors in Alexandria, VA, www.finniansmooninteriors.com, finishes the third floor. Twomey, who has built a business focused on nurseries and children’s rooms, says it’s especially gratifying that the DC Design House benefits Children’s National Medical Center.

Twomey loves good design and also knows children and their rooms, which can be “messy places.” So for the Little Boy’s Room, Twomey says “it’s best if there is an inherent order in the design elements, starting with the palette.” She knows there will be personal touches added that don’t necessarily mesh with the original scheme of the space, so she’s fine with not matching things too perfectly. Her room is serene, but not “sleepy;” timeless with menswear fabrics, but also playful.

“I like a room that is sophisticated enough for mom, dad and designer, but able to be lived in and easily kept up by a child,” she says. Twomey describes the Little Boy’s Room as “inventive and practical, artistic and comfortable with surprises and order.”

In the Seventh of the Eight-Part Feature, Space 20, the Kitchen, will be highlighted.

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