Wining and Dining

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Do you have an unused alcove or funky space in your house and don’t know exactly what to do with it?  This client came up with a great idea for an unused 48″ wide alcove in her dining room by putting in an under-the-counter wine cooler surrounded by cabinetry.  The wine cooler was appproximately 24″ wide leaving a balanced look with 24″ of cabinetry tied into it.  The wood was maple with a distressed warm chestnut brown finish.  The antique seeded glass shows off her beautiful display of wine and cocktail glasses.  Lights were installed in the soffit above to give a visual effect as well as to  light up the area for serving.  The upper cabinets are tied into the soffit with 4-1/4″ crown moulding.  Antique bronze knobs keep in pace with the warm tones of the wood.  What a great choice for the granite – it blends the wood tones and wall colors perfectly!  Beautiful job!  Do you have any unused nooks and crannies hiding in your home waiting to be put to good use?  Wining and Dining looks and sounds pretty good to me.

Beautiful warm tones of the granite enhance the finish of the wood.

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TV’s Last Stand

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The television set has certainly come a long way.  In the 1950s my Dad built a TV from a kit – it was just the screen with all of it’s wiring and components in the back – they were so thrilled to be able to watch that little screen.  I remember a great big console that was a piece of furniture in our living room when I was growing up.  Eventually TVs lost their furniture look and went back to being just a TV.  But then they kind of looked lost and we decided they needed a piece of furniture around them, so we built a whole wall of furniture to keep them company.  Steve made lots of those – Entertainment Centers.  That was great for Steve’s business because they usually had a center section where the TV would sit with drawers and doors to hide the other components that have to accompany a TV today.  Then there were the bookcases on either side that kept the TV company so that it didn’t feel so exposed.  I still love that look, but the TVs grew larger.  Now they didn’t fit in their homes and we all went back to the 1950s of a TV set on a floor or box or something we would make do.  Then we decided again that didn’t look right with the TV all by itself, bare and exposed to everyone.  So, we decided to put it on a pedestal and be accompanied by drawers or doors below.  Now the TV is the star of the show sitting on her pedestal and for the time being seems to be happy.  For those of you who have a beautiful piece of furniture in an entertainment center and a TV that is too large to fit in it – Steve can fix that too.

The TV in Her Splendor

 

 

 

 

The Modern TV Stand - Stylish yet Simple

Details Make the Difference!

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Want to pack some punch into your home – make those beautiful walls you just painted stand out?  To get the most bang for your buck my bet is detail wood trim.  I’m always amazed after Steve has finished a project in our home or someone else’s with crown moulding, window and door trim, wainscoting, chair rail or any other ideas our clients have come up with at what a difference it makes.  The room just looks finished!  Especially if the trim is painted white and you have a great color on your wall – the walls just POP!

Here are some options at a truly affordable price:

4-1/4″ crown moulding around the top perimeter of your walls (Woodwork Designs offers the second room at half price specials!)

Chair rail run approximately 32″ high off the floor

Trimmed out windows and door frames that are just plain old dry wall wrapped

Wainscoting– several ways to wainscot the walls and at least two of them are a real bargain with a little trick with paint

Wow! Picture Moulding Makes a Difference!

Fireplace mantle (very inexpensive) or a total fireplace surround with columns and panels

Display Shelves for plates or whatever

One Word of Caution:   As “simple” and affordable as these projects seem, unless you are talented with a hammer, saw and other tools – don’t do this one yourself.  Steve has been called in to “fix” the husband’s handiwork a number of times.  It’s not pretty.

Children's/Entryway Lockers