From the Ground Up


How does a custom cabinetry piece come to life?  As with most things, it starts with an idea, a vacant space, a need, a picture.  Sylvia knew she needed something on either side of the fireplace to complete the room.  But, she had a window above each area so the traditional bookcases to the ceiling wouldn’t work.  They also needed somewhere for their TV components to hide.

Sylvia saw this piece of furniture and loved the detail on it, especially the fluted casing that would match the fireplace surround.  She also liked the bottom/leg detail that gives this piece a unique look rather than the typical straight bottom.

So, after working with Sylvia to iron out all of the details Steve began the project in his cabinet shop.


And, here’s the finished project in Sylvia’s house.  Exactly as she imagined and looking awesome.

What a transformation to the room!

Notice the matching details to the fireplace surround – fluted casing, pedestal base.

No more wires for the TV components.  They’re there, just hidden inside the cabinetry.




TV’s Last Stand


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