Bringing Nature Indoors at the DC Design House

By | May 12, 2015

Last Thursday I had a great day touring the 2015 DC Design House in McLean, VA. Funds raised benefited the Children’s National Health System. Twenty-four designers turned the 8,869-square-foot home (currently for sale at $4.895M) into a spectacular decor showcase. I was impressed by their creative design aimed at bringing nature indoors. Here are a few highlights:

The 8,869 square foot house replicates an Old American Farmhouse as a nod to Virginia’s righ countryside. It is now on the market for $4.895M.


The library, by designer Michael Hampton, was inspired by American farmhouse and Greek revival style. When asked about the very cute standing lamps on either side of the sofa, he said “don’t tell anyone, but they’re from Restoration Hardware”!


This darling nursery, by Nancy Twomey, is modern meets Swedish country. The focal point is the photograph of the lovely baby fawn watching over the crib. So many cute accessories…and all were for sale!


The living room by Annette Hannon featured custom handpainted and embroidered silk cherry blossom wallcovering surrounding the fireplace and ceiling. Georgeous!


The dining room by Akseizer Design Group embraces textures of wood and stone and other organic materials throughout (note the ceiling!). The light fixture offers a dramatic contrast.

Bringing nature indoors

The patio provides a lovely private oasis for dining Al Fresco. The pavilion, by Skip Sroka, was described as “Palm Beach meets Hollywood Regency”. Such a beautiful setting for entertaining friends on a warm spring evening!


I loved the many creative decor ideas showcased within the design house. The theme of bringing nature indoors, through use of natural materials and textures, flowed throughout the home. The bold use of color, whimsical details, and creative repurposing of common items provided many new design inspirations for upcoming projects!

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