April 7, 2006


Twice a year the Washington Design Center opens its doors to the general public for a showcase, where designers dress up rooms to illustrate their skills and the wares sold by the center's purveyors of luxury furniture and fabric. Contemporary sofa throw a few Chinese antiques mix in some berber carpet and the right decorative vases ... you get the idea.

The 2006 Design House, opens tomorrow featuring the work of ten local design firms, and is expected to bring in 8,000 to 10,000 visitors to the event that runs through June 6. DC Bubble was always somewhat surprised that the center did not spur on a neighborhood of fancy design stores like in Cady's Alley in Georgetown. No bother, this is a good event to check out the center near Capitol Hill at 300 D St. SW.

The ten rooms are as follows:
Room # 1—Entry SpaceAlex Infingardi, Patterson Design Group
Room # 2—Living SpaceErnesto M. Santalla, Studio Santalla
Room # 3—Dining Space Alice Busch, Great Falls Distinctive Interiors
Room # 4—Georgetown SpaceDana E. Tydings, Tydings Design Inc.
Room # 5—Adult SpaceDennese Guadeloupe Rojas, Interiors By Design
Room # 6—Bedroom SpaceThomas Swingly, McMaster-Wallace Interiors
Room # 7—Lounge SpaceDeborah Wiener, Designing Solutions
Room # 8—Urban SpaceSusan Gulick, Susan Gulick Interiors
Room # 9—Weekend SpaceJoseph Ireland and Julie Weber, J.D. Ireland
Room #10—Outdoor SpaceFine Landscaping Ltd.

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