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A Preview of Spaces 4, 5 & 6 at the 2012 DC Design House
A Preview of Spaces 4, 5 & 6 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Second 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.

Showhouse veteran Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design in Bethesda, MD, www.kelleyinteriordesign.com, who has participated in 21 showhouses over the past 11 years, says it’s still exciting to be selected. “I really feel honored to be a part of this fundraising event,” Proxmire says. “Children’s National Medical Center is a very deserving organization and should hopefully receive much needed funds from the DC Design House.”

In Space 4, Proxmire is transforming the former ballroom into a sunny and inviting L’Orangerie. “The space receives light from three different sun exposures,” she says. So Proxmire decided to turn the end room into a modern sunroom for the way one lives today. Palladian windows on three sides remind the designer of Versailles and inspired her to use French toile, as well as unexpected textures, materials and custom pieces. Proxmire is known for her use of color and will use orange as her focal hue accented by gray and white. And expect to see an orange tree or two.

Balancing form and function, Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors, www.meyerinteriors.com, is creating a Morning Room in Space 5, the former music room. “The philosophy for my space plays off the notion that space is a luxury,” says Meyer, who is based in Bethesda, MD. “Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends,” a Coco Chanel quote that Meyer feels fits here.

“The home this year has a number of rooms for public entertaining,” adds Meyer, who is thrilled to be included in such a talented group of designers. “It is important to have a retreat amongst these spaces that is calming and intimate, a break from the modern world that keeps us moving so fast.” In the Morning Room, Meyer includes a sitting area as well as a reading table and custom millwork filled with books and natural objects. “This offers a place to pause, reflect and restore our minds which in the end is the ultimate luxury.”

Just steps from the Morning Room is the Patio Terrace, designed by Stephen Wlodarczyk of Botanical Decorators Landscape Architecture, www.botdec.com, in Olney, MD. Wlodarczyk says the fast pace of the Design House’s production, less than 5 weeks, is very exciting. “We are looking forward to displaying our creative talents for such a great cause,” he adds.

“Chris Cahill, the owner of Botanical Decorators, and I determined that we need to ‘bring the indoors out,’ ” the landscape architect says. With several entry points to the patio terrace from inside rooms designed by different designers presents its own set of challenges. “It is our goal to bring the large patio into a livable scale that relates to what the interior designers are doing,” Wlodarczyk says. For example, he is fabricating custom cushions that complement the fabric choices of the designers’ interior rooms. “We will be creating a series of smaller outdoor rooms… taking a bold approach to transform a very traditional space.”

In the Third of the Eight-Part Feature, Spaces 7, 8, 9 & 10 will be highlighted.

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

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