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April 17, 2012


As I mentioned last week I spent some time volunteering on Sunday at the 2012 DC Design House.  This event has been going on for five years now and the organizers take a beautiful mansion that happens to be on the market and challenge several designers in the area with designing different room, hallways, outside spaces and even landscaping.  It’s great for the sellers who receive some great upgrades in the process and for the designers to show off their skills and sell some wares as well.

This year’s house is in the lovely Spring Valley neighborhood  of DC and was built in 1956 by W.C. & A.N. Miller for Gladys and Dr. Francisco Aguirre, who raised six children in the home. The late Dr. Aguirre was an international consultant as well as a founder of the Diairo Las Americas newspaper, still run by the family in Miami. Mrs. Aguirre, 90, lives in Washington, DC.  The Aguirre’s used to entertain Latin American diplomats and the house used to have a ballroom.

I did an extensive  walk through while I was there and everything about it was amazing.  If I only had $4 million on hand!  Here are some of my favorite rooms.

Washington Times

This teenage girl’s room was designed by Susan Nelson and featured so many cool details, like the wallpaper that covered both the walls and the ceilings. The rug is a very light purplish color and with an ikat like design on it. I loved everything about this room!

Washington Times

The kitchen done by the amazing Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design was a STUNNING full gut of the kitchen that was there before. The mother of pearl backsplash  was amazing and the room is big enough to hold a breakfast table and also has a working fireplace. I would copy this kitchen in a heartbeat in my dream home!

Huffington Post

The house has seven bathrooms and this is one of them and was designed by Brian VanCleef of BVF Design Consulting who I spent most of my day with on Sunday. Brian did an amazing job of working with what was there included mirrored walls and black and white tiles.  The picture hanging is a photo printed on metal giving it a very cool effect.


I have a special affinity for the Teenagers Hangout (formerly one of the seven bedrooms) since I spent the day in it! The designer, Veronica Sanchez, of Victoria Sanchez Interiors was not there so I talked with visitors about the room which was a lot of fun. All of the fabric used in the room, the rug, window treatments pendent, and pouf are all done with Missoni fabric, which is a very special and pricey touch. However, the result was amazing!  I could not find a picture of it,  but Veronica painted one of the walls over a desk in the room with dry erase paint so the kids can write on the walls and wipe it off.  Nice touch!

This is the balcony off of the master bedroom. The Master Suite has a bathroom, sitting room and this gorgeous balcony. I could totally get used to enjoying a cup of coffee and the newspaper out here!

That’s all for now. To see more pictures and some before and after shots go here. I will be volunteering a few more times and will definitely be planning more Design House inspired posts!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Katie permalink
    April 17, 2012 9:40 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about how volunteering was!

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