Monday, April 5, 2010

2010 DCDH: Nestor Santa-Cruz

I was delighted to receive an email from Nestor Santa-Cruz yesterday with photos of his reception room for the 2010 DC Design House...wow, the room's transformation is stunning.

I unfortunately didn't take good photos of the room during the Bare Bones tour, but I did take a shot of the ceiling, which gives you an idea of what Nestor was working with...



And now for the magic:

All Photography by Angie Seckinger

A showcase of crisp, classic, sophisticated elegance - hallmarks of Santa-Cruz's design. I love that he kept the gorgeous wall mirror and incorporated it into the room's updated decor. With the photos, he included a blurb about his thoughts for the room and mentioned that he aimed to work with elements already present:

"In designing the Reception Room, I wanted to maintain a hint of the original house. The Neoclaasical background and architectural details gave me an opportunity to step back, and reappraise what the decor should be: comfortable and welcoming in an elegant way, but very personal."

This space is certainly in harmony with the house, and I have a feeling it flows beautifully with the other rooms...I'll have to see for myself when I go!

I'm so happy to be posting about Nestor because I absolutely love his work and he is Cuban-born but spent time growing up in El Salvador, which makes him all the more interesting to me (I was born in ES). We had a lovely back and forth chat over email yesterday and I was thrilled to "meet" him.

Thank you for the sneak peek into your beautiful room, Nestor!

Want to see it for yourself? Buy your tickets here...

3 comments:

  1. Oh how fun! And yes that mirror was fantastic. Made to order, originally, I am sure. Isn't fun to get to know all of these tallented people through blogging. It goes without saying that I love your blog... Actually, I did say it already. :D Have a great week!

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  2. Gorgeous -- and I love the "after" on the ceiling. Painting the whole thing out in gold was fantastic. Though I gotta say, I kind of liked the "before", too. I know it's tacky, but I've got a weakness for Egyptian (even faux Egyptian).

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  3. That ceiling is so cool. Love all the detail work and depth that it has. Wonderful room.

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