by Faith Teel
This post is just for you "blue and white" fans! I'm one of you. I love the new trend of color sneaking in with all the gray and white we've been seeing, and blue is so easy to integrate with neutrals.
Speaking of gray, remember those blue-gray bookshelves that we installed at 55 South Market in downtown Asheville?
This is project is from the same apartment, where the blue theme is carried over into the next room. But when we first arrived on the scene, it was just a plain white box.
Of course, it was headed someplace a little more daring.
The homeowners planned to use this room as an office, and they needed a shallow set of shelves (since the room is fairly narrow) that would still hold their deep printer. We were brought in to add a custom bookcase with a special deep shelf.
That's our design for the shelves. We do lots of white bookcases (they're classic!) but this was the first time we put them up against a Navy-blue wall, and the effect was really nice even in the model.
We built them at the same time as the gray fireplace surround. And in addition to all of these bookcases, we built a pair of sliding Shaker-style doors which were destined for the office bathroom.
These would take up less floor space than an ordinary door, which would allow the homeowner to use more furniture in the small room.
Then the painters were brought in...
... and we got to work soon afterward.
I love this view of downtown Asheville. I could work in an office like this!
On the other side of the office, the sliding doors leave room for a comfy chair.
Classic white bookshelves like these look good in any room. Give us a call to get yours.
It's been a few weeks, but remember the mail organizer which I teased on my last post about the entryway cubby bench? It's finally done!
We were waiting for the countertop company to fabricate a piece of custom quartz for the top. And it was totally worth the wait. They did a great job. They even drilled a small hole to one side so that the desk doubles as a phone charging station.
Before we got started, this area was nothing much... just a little unused nook off the kitchen. It tended to collect gym bags and such.
However, it was centrally located in a high-traffic hallway between the front door & mudroom area, the kitchen, the coat closet (the door to the right), the master bedroom and the main floor bathroom.
Lots of homes have a spot like this near their kitchen. It's almost like the architect intended for it to be filled in with something. Well, that's what we're here for!
As I mentioned before, we had already built an entryway hutch to catch everyone's coats and shoes as they came in the front door.
However, the homeowner wanted a secondary place away from the door where everyone could safely stash things like phones, purses, mail and keys instead of piling them on the kitchen counter or breakfast bar.
I measured the nook and then had Faith draw up the design. I like the way she included a space in the middle for larger pieces of mail. There's always that one big envelope from the insurance company, that doesn't fit into your typical mail organizer.
Underneath we added a bulletin board which will serve as a rotating art display for the kids (or a place to keep restaurant take-out menus).
As usual I pre-assembled most of the pieces in my workshop. Our dog Silver was there to keep an eye on the proceedings.
We included a couple of extra semi-floating shelves high up on the wall to make the most use of the space. It might be a good spot for those papers that you can't throw away but will probably never need. (Or am I the only person that seems to collect that stuff?)
As I mentioned, this is right at the hub of the home, so you can get dressed in the morning, walk out of your bedroom, grab your keys and phone... and be ready for the day.
The little girl in the family was really excited about this project, because this area will also serve as her art desk. She left me some candy in the drawer as a "Thank you" present. Cute kid. Little things like this are why I love my job.
Any odd little kitchen nook can be turned into a multi-functional entryway mail organizer that keeps important little things from getting lost in the daily shuffle.
So give us a call to get organized!
I recently finished a built-in home office desk made from one of my favorite woods: Cherry. Look at that color!
While I was building it, I had ample time to contemplate the things that set custom-made furniture apart from pre-made pieces. One thing that makes this piece special is the care that I used when I was choosing each piece of wood.
Cherrywood has a LOT of variation, as you can see even in these unfinished boards.
The big left-hand board is fairly bland, while the one right next to it has an arrow-like pattern of ribboning. (This is another reason I love cherry... it can have a lot of depth and interest in the grain.)
As I added the first coats of poly, you could really see the difference.
When I built the drawers, I chose pieces that made a continuous wrap-around pattern, so they're as pretty on the inside as they are on the outside.
The sides of the desk also wrap around to match the header.
I got an especially pretty piece for the top. It's hard to get photos of wood grain, so you'll just have to use your imagination when I say that it had complex patterns that threw back gleams of light.
The desk really transformed the wall, which went from small and bland...
... to big and bold!
The cherrywood will darken over time and become redder as well, so this desk will just get better with age.
If your home office could use a little pizzazz, we can do that for you. And we'll pay attention to all the little details, too.
I'm Arthur Teel, a craftsman who builds custom furniture in Asheville, North Carolina. Give me a call to talk about your next project!