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THE DOUBLE DUTY ROOM

PROBLEM: The client has recently renovated a room (new floors/walls/lights) that needs to serve double duty. The space will become a cross between a home office, bar, and entertaining space. The requests were as follows:

1. Plenty of storage for books, papers, and various other elements.

2. A desk that doesn’t look like a desk. It should be on the tall side so one could pull a stool up to it and feel like you’re at a bar. Hence no desk chair as one would normally think. This high desk/bar should also allow people, when seated, to look out through the back windows and enjoy the view.

3. The room should easily be able to transition from work space to entertainment space.

So this is what I’ve come up with…

THE BEFORE:

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THE SOLUTION, AFTER:

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A few things to highlight are: The red credenza. This aged deep red cabinet will serve as both an anchor to the room and as easily accessible storage. Adding a large black and white photograph in a gold frame compliments this deep red color instantly adding richness to the room. The two white book cases that flank the cabinet are perfect for storing and displaying just about anything and have tons of space. The two leather club chairs and small red and black cocktail table give this room some comfort and help it feel much more relaxed than any office would ever feel. The gray chevron patterned rug adds a strong contrast to the warm but heavy colored hardwood flooring and immediately brings a sense of lightness to the room. The desk against the back windows is tall and narrow, in fact it would be considered more of a sofa table that I’ve repurposed to serve in this space. The tall height means you can stand and work, or sit in the old-school draftsman stools and have a cocktail or two. The clients already had a vintage wooden refrigerator that was easily incorporated into the space and can serve as additional storage. The two gold starburst mirrors on either side of the desk/bar help to accentuate the warm tones throughout, as well as adding addition reflective light to the room. And finally a pair of dark drapes not only contrast the warm tones of the various woods in the room, but they also serve the practical purpose of blocking out any unwanted light while you are working.

And here is some additional info on some of the pieces used in this redo:

WHITE SHELVING UNIT, from West Elm, $899

RED AND BLACK COCKTAIL TABLE, from Pier One, $80

LEATHER CLUB CHAIRS, from Homeware, $559

CHEVRON RUG, from Pottery Barn Kids, $499

RED CABINET/CONSOLE, from Pottery Barn, $1,099

RUSTIC STORAGE DESK, from West Elm, $499

 

A Star is Reborn!

Starburst (and I don’t mean the candy) mirrors are definitely in right now, especially in gold. In fact, the color gold is in vogue at the moment as well, we’ll talk about that in a later post.

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The history of the starburst mirror goes back sometime, at least as far back as the Venetian Republic and that’s a long long time ago to you and me. But just because something has been around a long time doesn’t mean that it’s not good anymore. Look at Abe Vigoda for example! Some would say he gets better with age!

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In any case, the starburst mirror is having a major comeback at the moment. They come in all different sizes and prices which is great for us. No matter if you have a small narrow wall or a large expansive one, there’s a perfect starburst just waiting for its’ chance to shine in your space. Here’s a few that I found today ranging in price from $35 to $140:

This one is from Lamps Plus and is $140, but it’s quite large at 40.5″ round. It weighs over 8 pounds but free shipping is included. This is perfect for that large space between two windows or above your bed (see the pic below). While the actual functionality of the mirror may not be as useful since the reflective surface is only 10″ round, but who cares! You’re not buying this mirror to do your make-up or style your hair.

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Similarly priced is this choice from Home Decorators Collection.  It is $139, but shipping will cost you an extra $9, but it is slightly smaller at 35.5″ round. This mirror has a more aged gold leaf finish to it that adds a bit of the Renaissance to your room.

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Suzanne Kasler designed this classic starburst mirror below and it’s a great deal at $99 from Ballard Designs. This mirror is 21″ in diameter and perfect for that smaller wall, maybe above a side or end table.

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Here’s a very affordable option from Target for only $35. Also a smaller choice at 23″, the rays or bursts are a much more delicate and thinner style. This mirror may really pop on a dark colored wall where the thin lines can stand out more.

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