DC Design house open for good cause

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A home in the Forest Hills neighborhood of D.C. has been transformed into a philanthropic art gallery of sorts.

The D.C. Design House is now open, displaying art and design all for a good cause: The Children's National Health System.

"We knew the bones of the house were wonderful, we knew the designers were excited to see it," says Susan Long, the chair of D.C. Design House, of the home on Linnean Avenue.

The home is for sale by the owner, but for the next couple of weeks while it is on the market, 29 designers are each given a room to do with how they choose. Whether it be on one of the 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, multiple family rooms or the library, each nook and cranny serves as their canvas.

"There are lots of rooms, I feel like you're on a vacation when you come to the house. There's a great pool changing room, you feel like you're in Florida, a family room at the end, a lounge, like a ski resort and then the kitchen and the breakfast room have a beach house feeling," says Long.

The home is designed especially for those who enjoy the finer things in life, full of technology and state-of-the-art designs. But one designer, Katherine Vardot Jonas, decided to cut all cords and focus on good, old-fashioned fun. She installed a rope swing, a climbing net and event an intergalactic rock wall.

"I think some of the designers are pushing the envelope so it gets your brain thinking what you can do," says David Benton, with Rill Architects.

The 8,000 square foot home is for sale for over $3 million. Most pieces of furniture or art are up for grabs, too. However, if you want all of it, you better add a couple of million dollars to that price tag.

"We have folks who come every year and pick up something," says Long. "You don't need to be a millionaire to get a great idea."

Admission is $25.00 and 100% of the money goes towards Children's National. Their goal is to raise $250,000. Boutiques are also set up inside the house from local shops, who are donating 20% of their sales to the cause, too.

The house is open until May 11th.

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