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Living Room Reveal

March 2, 2010

Last week I gave you a sneak peek at my beautiful new custom-built furniture in my living room.

And now I’m ready for the big reveal:

In the fall I realized that I needed to do something to cover the hideous heating unit that protruded from my living room wall.  As a renter, I wanted a simple modular solution flexible enough to work in future homes.

The solution?  I designed a piece of furniture that  two small, simple bookshelves with open backs, which would be placed on either side of the heater.  A long (matching) board placed across the tops would create a functional surface while giving the pieces the look of one large unit.

I love, love, love how it turned out. It may not be the fanciest thing you’ve ever seen, because that’s not the style I go for in my home.  Simple, functional, and beautiful is more my thing.  With just a twist of mid-century charm. Kinda like a James Bond martini.

The shelves by the door hold my keys, dog cleanup bags, and a bowl full of cat toys.  On the other side, one shelf functions as a media center, hiding my old Powerbook, its speakers, and my iPod.  Laptops and speakers never look pretty when out in the open!

I designed tapered round feet so that the bookshelves would blend seamlessly with my mid-century furniture.

Aren’t the feet precious? And look at the gorgeous wood grain.  And the way the corner is perfectly joined.

You’re probably wondering how I built this.  I must confess to you that I did not. I’d planned to, with the help of my dad and his workshop tools.  But then my former boss, whose son is an incredibly talented furniture craftsman, volunteered to get it built for me.   And let me tell you – it is one amazingly gorgeous, perfect piece of furniture.  One that I will use and love for decades to come.

Now tell me this. . . what the heck do you say when some talented guy you’ve never even met builds you the most amazingly awesome piece of furniture just because his dad asks him to?  Somehow “thank you” just doesn’t seem to cut it.

Shared in the  Before and After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2010 3:31 PM

    That rocks! I think you buy that guy a case of very awesome beer. I’m thinking Clipper City’s Loose Cannon or Legend’s Brown Ale. :)

  2. March 2, 2010 4:23 PM

    Hey Jane! That is a lovely looking piece of furniture. Great choices you’ve made… and thank you so much for my very sweet Birthday gift. It was such a wonderful surprise in my inbox! Thank you thank you! Can’t wait to use it. :o)

  3. March 4, 2010 5:40 PM

    That is such clever piece of furniture! Great design- and you’re right- the feet
    ARE cute!

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