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Roxy Music’s song “In Every Dream Home, a Heartache,” isn’t simply an ode to tristesse lurking behind suburban curtains: It’s an apt meditation on the cardiac distress that can be occasioned by interior design faux pas. Happily, the latter theme is anathema to the third annual Design Show House, where the D.C. Design Consortium has transformed the blandly contemporary interior of a two-story brick house off 16th Street into a showcase for its 27 members’ design savvy. Inside, local African-American designers and craftspeople have overhauled the house’s nine rooms: Beverly Anderson juxtaposes a mother-of-pearl-inlaid Syrian card table with an Egyptian etched-brass mirror and a quirky Tunisian bird cage in the anteroom. George Barber appoints the living room with the spoils of his travels: a wicker-and-bamboo armoire from Ghana, a carved bronze stool from Mali, and a hand-painted leather screen depicting a contemporary Kenyan market scene. Local blacksmith W. Bernard Crawley fashioned the rust-painted, teal-cushioned wrought-iron chaise longue and oversized iron chairs (pictured) convening in the sun room. Although it is recommended for those desirous of interior decor inspiration, be advised that this amalgam of predominately African and Africa-inspired contemporary art, furniture, and fabric may make you want to leave home more than decorate it. Opening preview and reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 24, $25; House open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, July 25 & 26, $10. 1925 Shepherd St. NW. (202) 232-2214. (Jessica Dawson)