A Design House to Die For

April 10, 2014

Nancy McKeon

…Photo by Angie Seckinger. Victoria Sanchez designed a casual and cozy family room adjacent to the kitchen in the 2014 DC Design House. / Photo by Angie Seckinger. Designer Victoria Sanchez. / Photo by Nancy McKeon. Nestor Santa-Cruz worked with…

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2017 Georgetown House Tour, Saturday, April 29

April 26, 2017

Nancy McKeon

and side gardens. / Photo by John Magor, courtesy Georgetown House Tour. This circa 1830 frame house was a family farmhouse, then a boarding house. Architect David Jones, now of Jones & Boer Architects, gave it new, modern life in…

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DC Design House 2016: Heavens Above

September 29, 2016

Nancy McKeon

The entrance to 2509 Foxhall Road NW, the 11,000-plus-square-foot manse that houses DC Design House 2016. If the property, with its front porch and garden designed by D & A Dunlevy Landscapers, appeals to you, it is on the market…

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The Eighth Annual DC Design House Opens

April 8, 2015

Kathy Legg

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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Weeking Reading, Chapter 4: Marcia Buys a Home! In France!

December 11, 2014

Nancy McKeon

…hugely popular with tourists in the season. We stopped to look at the houses for sale in the window of a real estate office. “Look at that—your house!” That was Cindy. It did look like it. The house in the…

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Georgetown, House by House

April 25, 2019

Nancy McKeon

blooming of the home’s robust wisteria each year. The house is part of the 2019 Georgetown House Tour, Saturday, April 27, 2019. THE 88TH Georgetown House Tour takes place in Washington DC this Saturday, April 27, 2019, and features a…

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A Magical Mystery House

January 7, 2015

Nancy McKeon

Lots of swoops and curves make up the so-called mushroom house (or hobbit house, if you prefer). / HomeVisit for Donna Wartofsky, Long & Foster. Glimpses of the original house encased in the whimsical mushroom house can be had from…

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The House That Vanderbilt, er, Built

January 13, 2016

Kathy Legg

house overlooks the beauty of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s ageless design for the parkland surrounding the house. The tranquil lagoon, created by Olmsted, was used by guests for fishing and boating. Today one of several tours offered at Biltmore…

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DC Design House Sept. 30-Oct. 29, 2017

September 27, 2017

Nancy McKeon

located at 9004 Congressional Court, Potomac, Maryland. The showhouse features 23 designed spaces and is open from Saturday, September 30, 2017 through Sunday, October 29. WHEN I VISIT a decorator show house I listen as the designers explain the concept…

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One More (Delightful) Georgetown Mystery

April 25, 2018

Nancy McKeon

…in houses that are not, shall we say, overflowing with space. Some loos are tucked under the main staircase; this charming example on Q Street has a little more elbow room. / Photo courtesy Georgetown House Tour. Hannah Isles and…

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Palisades House Tour--Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

October 14, 2015

Nancy McKeon

…strongly suggest this was a kit house. Though it has undergone a recent renovation, the owners strove to retain much of the craftsman simplicity of the original design. / Photo by Piers Lamb. This 1949 mid-century-modern house was designed by…

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A Happy 'Habitat'

October 21, 2015

Nancy McKeon

house had only two little bedrooms for the kids. This house is much bigger. A family room designed by Lauren Liess. Natural elements and casual linen slipcovers set the tone. / “Habitat” photo by Helen Norman. The new house won’t…

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House Tours, In and Around Town

October 1, 2014

Nancy McKeon

the Contemporaria shop for modern furniture in Georgetown’s Cady’s Alley. (Note: Because of Yom Kippur, Kalkstein’s house will be open only on Sunday, October 5.) The fourth house, the Rowe house, is notable for being, well, normal and having a…

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Childhood in Miniature in D.C.

June 1, 2016

Nancy McKeon

Amy Miles House. England, 1890. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Whiteladies House. Moray Thomas, England, 1935. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Whiteladies House. Moray Thomas, England, 1935. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Whiteladies House. Moray Thomas, England,…

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Georgetown House Tour: I Spy!

April 20, 2016

Nancy McKeon

houses reveals a very modern collection of art and furniture behind its clapboard facade. A late-19th-century “double house” belongs to a Georgetown University dean and sees more than 50 events a year. A large 1811 Federal row house has been lovingly…

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Potomac House Tour--2015 Tour Over!

October 2, 2015

Nancy McKeon

Carriage House. The latter is a family guest house but also home to Linda Hobbins’s wonderful Custom Wreaths of Potomac. Holiday Carriage House at the 2015 Potomac Country House Tour. All proceeds from the house tour help fund mostly local…

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DC Design House: Second Thoughts

October 5, 2017

Nancy McKeon

More coverage of the 2017 DC Design House here. SOMETIMES THE OBVIOUS doesn’t hit you until afterward. The one thing most of the designers at the 10th annual DC Design House had to contend with was . . . wait…

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Rappahannock Animal Farm

July 8, 2015

Nancy McKeon

says Monique Maniet, who designed the house with architect Jay Monroe of Flint Hill and builder Joe Keyser of Washington, Virginia. The big windows and high ceilings were things she couldn’t find in the charming older houses she looked at…

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