Master Bedroom with Custom Bed & Media Center

Excerpted from Washington Home & Design Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012
Full Potential

Once ridiculed as “antipasto on the Potomac,” the Watergate complex designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti has become one of Washington’s most respectable addresses. But its curvaceous 1960s architecture still poses design challenges for residents seeking to transform their outdated apartments for contemporary living.

Inside, the living area now extends from the terrace door to the kitchen and an adjoining nook for watching TV. The rear wall of the kitchen isn’t tiled or painted, but covered in boards made of recycled wood fiber, fly ash and cement. A row of fir cabinets stands out against the gray panels and white-lacquered drawers under the Corian countertops add more contrast. “I now enjoy cooking so much more,” says the homeowner. “The previous kitchen had very little counter space and storage, and very little connection to the rest of the apartment.”

“A neutral color scheme allows sculptural objects, in this case iconic furniture, and artwork to stand out,” says Santalla. “An element of contrast, such as a tone or a texture, adds richness to the palette.”

In the master bedroom, Santalla designed the bed frame with attached nightstands and upholstered the adjacent wall to create an oversized headboard. He created a television stand on the adjacent wall that allows the screen to swivel so it can be viewed from the bed or terrace.

Of all the renovation challenges facing the couple, one of the most problematic was deciding what to do with the original parquet floors in the living space. Santalla came up with the idea of staining the existing wood and extending the same dark tone to the terrace floor.

“Now the indoor and outdoor parts of the apartment are integrated to create an almost seamless space,” says the homeowner. “The design succeeds in realizing the promise of what the Watergate can be.”

Project completed in collaboration with Treacy & Eagleburger.
Photography by Alan Karchmer

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marinermum
marinermum added this to small apartment styled colour ideas23 Nov 2019

I DONT LIKE THIS ONE. THE FLOOR IS TOO DARK, AND THE WALLS ARE TOO YELLOW.

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how to mount tv on west wall in living room

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Great way to get around the wiring issue!!

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Dorthy added this to Dorthy5 Jun 2019

Like the tv attached to the board so wires don’t show. See reply with question. Then wire for dvd etc goes into shelf below.

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