Efficient Living

Luxurious Interior Design for a Small Condo

Architecture and Interior Design Firm Studio Santalla renovated this upscale Washington, DC condo, transforming it into an efficient open space
Architecture and Interior Design firm Studio Santalla opened up the small kitchen of this luxurious Washington, DC condo, creating an efficient multi-purpose workspace.
Washington, DC architect and interior design firm Studio Santalla created an efficient kitchen, adding upscale lighting and contrasting cabinets to create a luxurious workspace.
Open and airy, this multipurpose living space with built in storage by Washington, DC architect and interior design firm Studio Santalla is both luxurious and efficient
Soft enclosures and multipurpose spaces maximize storage and natural light in this small yet luxurious condo in Washington, DC by architect and interior design firm Studio Santalla
Upscale custom built-in cabinetry and shelves maximize space in this small yet luxurious Washington, DC apartment by Architect and Interior Design firm Studio Santalla
Upscale furniture and luxurious finishes make a bold statement in this small and efficient Washington DC condo by Architect and Interior Design firm Studio Santalla
Space and light are maximized by a soft enclosure in this luxurious condo by Washington, DC Architecture and Interior Design firm Studio Santalla
Modern paneling and customized built in storage are accented by upscale eclectic artwork in this small yet luxurious Washington, DC apartment by Architecture and Interior Design firm Studio Santalla
Bold colors, track lighting and an upscale upholstered bed and headboard come together in the airy and luxurious bedroom of this upscale Washington, DC condo by Architecture and Interior Design firm Studio Santalla
This luxurious bathroom in Washington, DC by Architect and Interior Design Firm Studio Santalla uses bold colors, artwork and dramatic lighting.
Studio Santalla selected an upscale chaise lounger and sisal rug to complete this zen terrace that offers views of Washington, DC

The client, a lawyer originally from New Orleans, moved to Washington in 2006 to start a new life and open his own law firm. He hired Studio Santalla to gut a dated one-bedroom condo, remake the architecture and interiors, and show him how to live well with less.

The client agreed that he would start from scratch, bringing nothing of his old life, except his clothing and his John Grisham books and presidential autobiographies. Studio Santalla refigured the chopped-up rooms with their popcorn ceilings, worn-out kitchen appliances and low-quality finishes, defining areas for eating, living and sleeping. The apartment seemed cramped and old because the space was not used efficiently.

Ernesto Santalla, PLLC—formerly Studio Santalla—added upscale built-in furniture such as the anigre wood storage cabinet with CaesarStone countertop in the living room and the upholstered headboard. We removed the tub and added a luxurious glass-walled shower. In place of the dated wall-to-wall carpeting, limestone floors were installed. The client’s vast collection of clothing was organized in a custom wall of closets in the bedroom. The apartment is decorated in a taupe-and-cream color scheme to unify everything.

Some features and rooms actually got bigger. There is more counter space in the kitchen; the bathroom and bedroom are larger, because we removed a corridor and a dividing wall.The finished place, with modern lines, neutral tones and upscale collection of paintings and sculpture, has a gallery-like feel, reflecting the buildings in view: the National Gallery of Art and National Museum of the American Indian.

Photography by Geoffrey Hodgdon

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