Interior Design: Drawing Board

Contemporary flair

A bachelor with contemporary taste hired Syntha Harris-Wendel to overhaul his DC condo. The update would finish his great room with modern furniture and a clean, simple color palette. Harris-Wendel overcame challenges posed by an asymmetrical layout—and her client’s two mischievous cats—to achieve the look he wanted.


Then Now
Dull wood floors, a traditional fireplace surround, and Venetian blinds didn’t reflect the owner’s style. African mahogany floors, a stainless-steel fireplace surround, and sleek window shades create a modern vibe.
The owner decided to start from scratch, replacing his outdated furniture with contemporary pieces. Clean-lined, modern furnishings, including a sofa and cocktail table from Room & Board, reflect a contemporary aesthetic.
The room lacked adequate lighting; lamps were out of the question because of the cats. New track lighting with playful curves adds light out of reach of the cats.
There was no ideal place for the TV. Installed above the fireplace, the TV can be pulled out for easy viewing.


INTERIOR DESIGN: SYNTHA HARRIS-WENDEL, AIDP, IDS, Storybook Rooms, LLC, Potomac, Maryland. CONTRACTOR: All Seasons Construction, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland. AUDIO-VISUAL: Custom Systems Integration, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia. PHOTOGRAPHY: MORGAN HOWARTH.