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Classic contemporary master suite by interior designer Nestor Santa-Cruz with shagreen bed

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New master bathroom design with Boffi taps, tub and vanity basins, Carrara marble shower, walnut floor, antique Korean wedding chest

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A passion for modern classic interiors and a desire for a "five-star hotel suite" helped to determine the look of this remodeled master suite.

Interior designer Nestor Santa-Cruz created a private sanctuary for the owners, where detail is everything.

As with the rest of the home interior, designer pieces are a key part of the look, but Santa-Cruz says there is still a whimsical, playful element that ensures the interior is not too serious.

"We had a lot of fun putting together items from different periods that would work with the contemporary classic theme," he says. "For example, the bedroom features red chairs that are reminiscent of Biedermeier chairs, which is a nod to one of the owners' German background. The bed itself is covered in shagreen – inspired by '30s interiors. And the wallpaper behind the bed, from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, has the look of aged leather. We added leopard-fabric pillows and an iron and glass side table with legs that resemble branches. This is by Bill Sofield."

In the bathroom the look is more subdued. There are two separate vanities, a separate toilet room and shower, and a parallel dressing room.


Boffi Corian integrated basins are teamed with white lacquered cabinets, and Boffi Minimal wall-mounted taps. Additional storage is provided by wall-hung Boffi Ebony wood veneer cabinets and an antique Korean wedding chest sourced by Santa-Cruz.

Julia Walter of Boffi Georgetown says recessed handles on the cabinets keep the look sleek and uncluttered.

"We introduced indirect lighting above and below the mirrors, which stand out from the wall – there is also a strip of light within the mirror."

The adjoining dressing room features Ikea glossy black cabinet doors framed in aluminium, with an Austrian chandelier adding a fun touch of glamour.

First published date: 25 September 2015

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Remodeling architect David M Knudson
Interior designer Nestor Santa-Cruz IIDA with architect Pedro Aguirre (Washington, DC)
Bathtub Boffi Swim
Vanities and basins Boffi Universal with basins in Corian
Bathroom taps Boffi Minimal and Cut series
Cabinetry Boffi Ebony in bathroom; Ikea in dressing room
Shower walls Carrara marble
Rugs in bathroom Ikea
Recessed ceiling lighting Lightolier
Vanity splashback Elitis wallpaper
Bedroom wallcovering Ralph Lauren Home Collection
Flooring Walnut in bathroom; oak in bedroom