Inside the DC Design House: $10M Mansion Before and After

Inside the DC Design House: $10M Mansion Before and After

Escape into this design masterpiece and get an inside look of the stunning renovations from an elegant and mysterious French boudoir to a bright jewel box sitting room. For the tenth year interior designers renovated and decorated in order to raise funds for the Children's National Health System. The estate that was chosen for this year's DC Design House is a magnificent nine-bedroom 28,000-square-foot mansion in desirable Potomac, Maryland, listed at $10.28M.


LIVING ROOM | MARGERY WEDDERBURN INTERIORS

The dated color scheme was changed to a soft white and the formal space was modernized by adding classical elements like cane chairs, an iron settee and silk window treatments. The elegant space is perfect for dramatic art and the pink Meltaway sculpture adds an unexpected pop of color to the room. 


DINING ROOM | SUSAN JAMIESON | BRIDGET BEARI DESIGNS

The grand dining room with moldings and marble is transformed into a beautiful mix of Parisian elegance and mid-century modern with simplified paint on the walls, including coloring the ceiling, contemporary cabinetry, and midcentury blue velvet barrel chairs. The table is much more to scale than was there before, and the metallic grasscloth wallpaper adds bling to the walls.


THE COLLECTOR'S CABINET | JOSH HILDRETH INTERIORS

The room is inspired by Givenchy's Château du Jonchet and is meant to be both chic and relaxed with the abundance of custom or hand-made furnishings, rugs, curtain embroidery, and artwork. The faux-paint cypress ceiling was painted on adhesive material and than applied to the ceiling. What really makes the room is the mesmerizing photography of women wearing 19th-century Dutch bonnets.


LE BOUDOIR | ROMAIN BATY

According to Baty, Le boudoir is a distinctive room to cast a flavor of now-ness as a blend of modernity, classic taste, and mystery. The graphic and dramatic black-and-white walls are complemented by moody paintings and textures from feathers to metal.


A STUDY IN BLUE | KELLEY PROXIMIRE

The library was inspired by New York socialite Brook Astor’s iconic library that was designed by Albert Hadley. While mimicking the fabric from Hadley’s room, the updated design uses a blue color scheme. The bright window panels brighten the dark wood paneling and the books painted in shades of blue and the porcelain line the shelves of the two-story study.


THE STUDY ROYALE | LORNA GROSS

The study, tucked behind the estate's library, is a tranquil and sophisticated room and blends royal blues with airy neutrals. Influenced by Spanish and Italian country homes, the grand arched windows are emphasized with mocha casement and Italian parchment draperies. The two golden vintage Sgabello chairs add a regal touch to the room.


LADIES RETREAT | MARIKA MEYER

On the other side of the library is the ladies' study which provides a restful but glamorous oasis. The designer was inspired by Grace Kelley and created a space where one could display her life collections. The framed collection of Hermes scarves creates a beautiful and elegant backdrop to the Art Deco-inspired decor.


THE IDEALIZED FAMILY ROOM | TODD MARTZ | SUSAN NELSON

What makes a family room “idealized”? According to Martz and Nelson, it’s a family room where electronics are checked at the door, where family members can ftalk, play games, or read together. It is an energetic space with a bright yellow wallpaper and blue and white porcelain and chinoiserie pillows.


MASTER BEDROOM | DENNESE GUADELOUPE ROJAS

The master suite is all about glamour and luxury with its silver color scheme and sparkly walls and ceiling that illuminate the space. The plush fabrics create a sense of tranquility.


THE GUEST ROOM | CARYN KRAMER

The guest room makes a statement with color - bold orange, papaya and aqua paired with refined black accents. The textiles adorn the walls and upholstery and unexpected details like a horsehair stool and Icelandic sheepskin add texture.