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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Recycled Walls

This morning during a new product showing I spotted a great new wall covering that I wanted to share with my readers! This innovative product is from Weitzner Limited and is made from recycled newsprint. It has a nylon webbing on the front to protect the newsprint and it is paper backed for installation. This is a handmade product and therefore is incredibly unique. The graphics and colors will vary throughout the roll and from roll to roll. The product is 47" wide and is sold in 5 yard increments. The retail price is $250.00/yard.

This wall covering would be a great accent wall in an office, den, or youth bedroom. Imagine the thrill of being surrounded by words and stories of the past! Something so unique is sure to spark conversations and strong reactions.
If you have specific questions on this product please call our studio: 612-746-5519.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Look for Us on House of Turquoise!

Our completed den project will be featured on the blog House of Turquoise; a very well-known interior design blog. Check it out for the story!
The turquoise that we used was Benjamin Moore's Affinity Azores AF-495.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Den: Before & After Window Wall

This "before" and "after" set is the North facing wall in the den, otherwise known as the Window Wall. If you have gorgeous mill work that is beautifully stained and of high quality then I wouldn't recommend painting it. We did not have this. Some people would cringe over the fact that we had the mill work enameled but truth be told it was not high quality product and it had a lot of surface blemishes. Enameling the mill work was a means for brightening an otherwise dark space and creating a fresh look in the space.
What makes this wall so impactful in the "after" photo is the addition of window treatments. I designed these Roman shades with a soft curved detail at the bottom. The shades were made by The Enchanted Room from Cowtan and Tout fabric with Schumacher silk trim at the base. The addition of the window treatments softens the space and makes it feel extremely inviting.
Never underestimate the power of drapery!

The Den: Fireplace Before & After

This "before" and "after" set shows you the West wall of our den. Before we installed the fireplace on the wall there was nothing there so it was quite boring. I came up with the design for a built-in space that would house not only bookshelves and cubbies for accessories but practical things like lateral files and storage for television components. We now have ample space for all of our files but we don't have to have a dedicated office in our home.
The fireplace is framed out with top and bottom panels that have applied mill work to give a library ambiance to the space.

The Den: Workspace Before & After

This first image shows the old "panic room". This was one of the quirkiest parts of our house. There was a wall-mounted bookcase that opened off of the wall to reveal a secret hidden space. I can see how this hidden space would be useful if it were somewhere else in the house but being that it is in the front of the house, all of the neighbors could see us opening it and knew about our "secret hidden space". Not so secret!
We decided to turn that space into a work center. The center had to accommodate a lap top computer, a digital camera, a wireless router, and cable modem, a wireless printer, and our everyday office supplies. I also wanted to be able to shut the space off from the rest of the room. The result was a customized work desk with Cambria quartz work top, custom drawers and cubbies for our office supplies and two recessed armoire doors that also lock for security.
The finished result is a great use of the awkward space and now we don't have to keep all of our office equipment out and visible; we can simply shut the doors and it disappears! Love it!

Monday, July 12, 2010

I've fallen off, again!

I was so proud of myself in May; blogging became a part of my weekly routine and it seemed effortless to churn out at least one post a week. Then June happened...and now it's July and I've become a real delinquent blogger. Forgive me, my faithful readers!
Since the last post the work on my personal den has been progressing; very slowly! Finally, at the end of June the cabinetry was installed and now I am waiting on just the carpet and window treatments. Then the real fun begins with accessorizing and personalizing the space. Check back for photos very soon!

This summer I've been working on expanding our resource library in the design studio. Whenever I can find unique products it is very beneficial to my clients for very obvious reasons. I came across a new product that I've heard very little about but am very intrigued by: Bio Fireplaces. A bio fireplace produces NO smoke, ash, or soot and in many cases there is absolutely no venting required. A bio fireplace is the perfect solution for a space in need of ambiance with little of no room for a traditional firebox or gas insert. The units aren't cheap: they start around $500 for a basic unit and go up from there. However, there are tax incentives that help reduce the overall cost. You can check out bio fireplace units at:
Above I've inserted a photo of the "Transparent" model which retails for $1500.00.