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Ernesto Santalla: infusing a client's experience into their home

From their political campaign advertisements to a modern revival of their Potomac home, Marius and Nancy Penczner are all about crafting new beginnings

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As an architect, I'm constantly faced with change, not only in the physical appearance of the properties I work with, but also the change my clients experience in their lives and hope to infuse into their homes.  Marius and Nancy Penczner are no different.  Following a career renaissance, the couple came to me hoping to transform their Center-Hall Colonial home in Country Glen...
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"Palen Gold Gleams II" by Pauline Ziegen (Donald Sultan school) hangs over an antique chest with an heirloom sterling silver tureen.  In the background, paintings by Paul Penczner (Marius' father) hang above custom silverware chests designed by Studio Santalla.  The room's traditional and contemporary qualities are enhanced by the Donghia sofa-daybed, stone mantelpiece and custom designed area rug by Studio Santalla.  (Photo by Morgan Howarth)

Traditional Royal Worcester Blind Earl "raised" heirloom china and jade collections are displayed on contemporary Bo Concept shelving flanking an armoire from Atmosphere to create a striking contrast.  Bsrbara Barry club chairs for Baker are covered in Donghia fabric.  (Photo by Morgan Howarth)
The Penczners' bed incorporates a Primitive-style folding screen by Tony Palazzo as headboard and antique Korean chests as nightstands.  The chair is Barbara Barry for McGuire. (Photo by Geoffrey Hadgdon)
"... To further consolidate their unique personal style, the art they’ve collected over the years – an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional pieces, heirloom china, and antiques – is now incorporated in their living space..."

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