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Cabinet Concepts in 3D

Many times in design the initial concept isn't exactly what becomes the final. In some cases there are minor tweaks, and in others it's a major overhaul. Either way a lot of work goes into each concept even if it's not produced or chosen as the final. Here is an example of a built-in cabinet concept I designed in CAD as a "proof of concept." This was designed based on existing cabinets that were purchased at the Habitat Restore. They would provide a ton of storage along a blank wall while transforming existing bifold doors into sleek, space-saving barn style sliding doors that would disappear behind the cabinets. 

Here is a video of the cabinet parts and assembly. This is by no means a finished render, but I thought it was fun to show nonetheless! 

 

And here is a video of all the moving parts, the sliding doors and cabinets that open. These are my first YouTube videos ever, and I still have to figure out why the video is blurry the first few seconds and not centered on the preview....

Anyway, once installed they would need to be painted to match the room. One option is to paint the cabinets the same color as the trim, which is a glossy white. This would make the cabinets stand out in the room and blend in with the door and moldings. Below is a section view of the room showing the span of cabinets and a part of the wall on each side.

 

A second option (and what I would recommend for this particular space) is to "paint out" the cabinets the same color as the wall so the cabinets actually blend into the wall and become a subtle architectural detail. Then the door and molding would stand out as a more detailed deep entry into the next room. 

So what do you think of this built-in cabinet concept? Do you have other custom cabinet needs or ideas?Would love to hear!

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Habitat Q&A Recap

Last month I hosted a "Design Dilemma" Q&A session at the Habitat Restore and was happy to help people with those burning design questions on their minds. I helped with several furniture floorplan questions, which I LOVE doing because it creates a world of difference in a home and how you use the space. I also fielded a few DIY questions related to updating furniture & kitchen cabinets. Below are a few other questions with pictures to demonstrate a solution. 

Q- What type of curtains can I put in a two-story bay window? 

A- I love the look of straight curtain panels hung on either side of the window and on the inside of each corner. Floor to ceiling this look pulls the room together and adds softness while not competing with the view or being overly complicated. I pulled up an image I had saved to my Pinterest board and she loved it!

For the link click here and check out some of my other window treatment ideas on my pinterest board here: http://www.pinterest.com/innovatemyplace/window-treatments/

Q: The brick fireplace in my home is too orange and doesn't match my style. Can I paint it?

A: Yes, try a whitewash! While painting is a good option for some homes I have been recommending a whitewash look instead. This takes out the orange/red undertones in the brick and neutralizes them while still showing variations in each brick. This works particularly well with the gray trend that's been going on the past few years. This DIY project is as simple as watering down latex paint and "washing' it on and letting it soak in. Blot off drippy areas, and you can customize how much you want covered.

(pinterest link)

Q: My dining room has a built-in cabinet in one corner, and the room is feeling off balance. Can I paint the inside the same as the wall color?

A: This was a great question because balance is so important in a room. My first suggestion would be to add another tall object in the opposite corner, another built-in with more storage that matched the other would be best. If that won't fit then try adding a corner shelf of even a tall plant. The second part of this answer is to try "painting out" the entire built-in. This is a great trick to use in small spaces to make everything seamless and blend in while adding subtle details and of course storage. 

  

(pinterest link)

What questions & design dilemmas are on your mind? 

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Design Details

So a quick update about last week's project: I got the cabinets! Two 96inch cabinets are laying in our storage room waiting to be installed. First a few small things need to be done, such as moving electrical outlets and switches out of the way. But after that and some prep work we should be ready! So excited!

Barn doors + Cabinets = Something like below 

 
Sometimes it just takes some creative thinking to solve a custom problem. If you have an older house then I'd bet there are plenty of opportunities to create a unique feature in your home. And if you have a new home, sometimes you need to add custom features to make it feel more like home and less "builder grade." In either case I thought I'd show a few ideas of how to to add some finishing touches to really bring a room together!

Fireplaces

Fireplaces are the focal point of a room so it's natural to want to build around them. TV over the fireplace, next to the fireplace, and shelving all around - just look at the details of these built-ins. If you want them to feel like built-ins paint them a nice glossy white to match the trim. If you want them to feel like furniture, leave them natural wood or a darker contrast.

  

 

 

Creative Solutions for Necessary Evils

My car was in and out of the shop this past week and I've finally gotten it back, horray! It was challenging to coordinate two different schedules around one car, and there is limited public transit for travel within NJ. NJ to NYC - no problem. Eastbound travel within New Jersey - not so easy. Anyway I'd be just as happy to not own a car but alas I still need one! That got me thinking about all the necessary evils that we deal with, my car being one of them, and there are certainly plenty in the decorating world! 

Here are the top 4 necessary evils that came to mind right away:
- Incorporating a TV into a room plan
- Designing around floor & wall vents for HVAC
- Plugs and wires for connecting our digital world
- Cash (always a necessary evil!)

What other necessary evils do you find hindering the way your rooms work? I'll address each of those above and I'll start with the TV. I think this is something we all deal with and there are many ways to make it work!

#1 - The TV is Bossy

Necessary: for entertaining, watching TV & movies with friends and family

Evil: When living rooms are bossed around by the TV it results in uncomfortable room arrangements.

With new technology and flat screens there are many options you can use to incorporate the massive black screen successfully into your decor :)

For Wall Mounted Screens...

I love the idea of using artwork to hide the screen when not in use. There are many variations on this idea: you can lift a painting, slide to one side, or my favorite is splitting the artwork and sliding to each side for a balanced look. If you choose a more abstract artwork it would look just as good open as it does closed.

Lowe's: I love this simple DIY video from Lowe's, click here for the link.

Or if you look around I'm sure you could find a decorative box with accordion doors that open, similar to this one at Horchow that is sold out. 

Horchow

Or try incorporating the screen into a gallery wall. I think this one works particularly well because all the frames and matting are black so it relates to the TV. In addition the wall is painted a medium gray and the unit below is also black. Very cohesive.

via Decorating Files blog

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