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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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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!

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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.

  

 

 

Disappearing Doors

Well I am so excited because this post is inspired by my very own DIY project that struck me like lightning last night. I've been wanting to get a quote for custom cabinetry in our home for awhile but things have been so busy I haven't gotten around to it. It's a HUGE item on my teuxdeux list as we need storage in that room badly. I was at the Habitat ReStore last night for my weekly volunteering and I stumbled up on the perfect storage solution! I've walked past it for months but all of a sudden it clicked. But more on that later - this post isn't even about the cabinetry! In order to achieve the clean architectural look I'm going for I would like to change the existing doors from bi-fold into pocket doors. YES! That's exciting! And with my new DIY idea I might even be able to use a wall mounted pocket door, aka barn style door. AND I am planning to reuse existing doors so what better way to "Use what I have" AND use what was donated?

Below are some drool-worthy pocket doors.

   
 

Crafty Spaces

I just wrapped up a consultation with a fun client who wants to turn a spare bedroom into her crafting workspace. At the beginning of each design project I like to do some research that serves both as inspiration and an easy way to talk about their needs and wants for the space.

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Once I started researching I kept finding more and more creative storage and workspace solutions! There are so many great options out there it can certainly be hard to choose. Some general things to consider when making your decision are: how long you plan to stay in your home (which will help you figure out what type of investment to make), what is your budget, who uses the space, what for, and most importantly is how do you work?

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My biggest suggestion is to create a system that works the way you do. Are you a piler or filer? Do you like to spread out to work or do you keep things confined to one desk? Do you craft solo or with a group? Do you like to do crafts in the heart of the action so you don't miss anything, or do you like a peaceful escape? Everybody works differently and there is no wrong solution. It's a ton easier to create a custom workspace that fits your style rather than changing the way you work.

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After talking through some ideas we narrowed down the essentials to scrapbook supplies, finished album storage, and the longest possible work surface for spreading out pages while working! Given this criteria I suggested getting quotes from both California Closets and Elfa, the wall system from The Container Store. Both are fantastic options and I can't wait to see which she chooses!

California Closets - craft

California Closets - craft

A Home Office On My Mind

Well it's been a whirlwind few months for my professional life but I am happy to say that I have officially transitioned into a full time consultant! I will be able to spend more time decorating as well as continue designing products on a contract basis. During this transition period I spent a lot of time thinking about home offices and how I wanted to set mine up. Last year I carved out space in our house that I could call my own and it has worked great so far. But with the additional work I'll be doing at home (including sketching and hands on work) I decided to bring in more storage for supplies and rearrange the room a bit.

I generally feel lucky to have a home office in the digital era - I am trying to go as paperless as possible! For those items I do need to have on hand closed storage is the way to go keeping clutter at bay and workflow efficient.  I'll upload some pictures of the updated office but for now here are some pictures for inspiration!

 

This home office color is kept pretty neutral with strong black accents. The versatile desk desk allows seating on either side and a variety of built-in storage. Window seat keeps furniture needs simple and curtain warms up the room with subtle pattern.

Modern Home Office
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Glossy office is serene with just white and silver. Lots of storage and floating desk allows a spot for visitors to pull up a chair.

Contemporary Home Office
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Traditional Home Office
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Great idea for an office turned guest room. Murphy beds tuck away when you don't need them but unfold to provide a full size bed.

Contemporary Home Office
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Contemporary Exterior
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Quick Tips: Organizing the Kitchen

The kitchen always seems to be a vortex of circulating activity where things get thrown in all directions and are easily misplaced. And that can be especially frustrating in a small kitchen space! The more organization you can add to a kitchen the cleaner it will stay and the easier it will be to use it. While there are many beautiful custom cabinets with storage galore, here are a few tips that focus on small kitchens and ways to add organization without a renovation.