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The Eighth Annual DC Design House Opens

DETAILS. DETAILS. DETAILS. Designers are famous for their focus on the small stuff, and for those who appreciate the work of the detail-oriented, there is no better place to soak it all in than the 2015 DC Design House, which opens Sunday, April 12.

An elegantly rambling old-style American farmhouse is this year’s pick for the event. The handsome home of stone and brick is the product of Harrison Design and Artisan Builders and is located in McLean on land once owned, around 1800, by one Henry Mackall. Christened Mackall Farms in 2013, it’s a choice spot in this sought-after Virginia enclave.

Twenty-four design firms have put their collective mark on the home’s 8,869 square feet and created a comfortably coherent whole. Ultra-modern touches play nicely with the home’s refined rustic demeanor while splashes of color don’t in the least detract from the serenity of more subtle hues. From floor to ceiling these designers have considered every detail and produced rooms not only lovely but also livable.

Proceeds from the Design House go to Children’s National Health System; more than $1 million has been raised since the event’s inception in 2008.

The house, open to the public through Sunday, May 10, is at 956 Mackall Farms Lane, McLean, Va. It is closed on Mondays. Tickets are $30. For driving directions and more information, go to DC Design House.

Kathy Legg

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