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Washington’s annual designer show house is movin’ on up—to Foxhall Road, that is, where 24 designers are putting their stamp on a blank slate of as many rooms in a new $14.9 million, 14,000-square-foot mansion, designed by GTM Architects. Kicking off with a preview party this Saturday, check out what to expect during the monthlong event.

This year’s DC Design House on Foxhall Road features designs in two dozen rooms.

The House
Among early 20th century neighbors, this manse is all 21st century, with a high-tech media room, two top-of-the-line kitchens and a mirrored exercise room with sauna—plus eight bedrooms and eight full baths on five levels. Sat.-Sun., noon-5pm; Tue.-Fri., 10am-3pm. Tickets $25. 2507 Foxhall Road NW, dcdesignhouse.com

Preview Party
Be among the first to see the DC Design House ready for prime time, and mingle with the designers who made it happen. April 13. 1-5pm. Tickets $50. dcdesignhouse.com

The Cause
Ticket sales benefit Children’s National Medical Center. Debbie and Skip Singleton of DC Living Real Estate hosted a show house in 2008 to raise money for the hospital in what they thought would be a single event. The now-annual event has raised more than $800,000.

The Designers
This year’s designers include a mix of new faces and design veterans. David Mitchell, Nestor Santa-Cruz and Camille Saum are shelter-magazine regulars, while Jeff Akseizer and Allie Mann both make return appearances from last year’s dazzling designs at the Washington Design Center. Regan Billingsley brings her New York talents to DC, and Richmond native Susan Jamieson will show off her Southern design charms.

Shop the Show
Adore a gorgeous piece of furniture or a work of art as you tour the rooms? Most of it is for sale. And pop-ups fill the lower level, including National Harbor’s Coco Blanca vintage furniture and accessories, and designer labels from Bethesda’s Ibhana Creations.