Welcome back! We’re sharing a few more projects from our work at Project Lake Claire this week. Last time we showed you the kid stuff, and today we’re focusing on two very big projects, including the one that started it all.
The front door opens into the dining space in this house, and the clients wanted that room to have a big impact. They’re huge readers, so it was the perfect call to put in massive floating shelves that wrapped around the dining room corner.
We went with an oversized look to really give the shelves presence. With their solid wood table, bench, and light fixture, we definitely didn’t want the shelves to end up looking wimpy in comparison.
You’ll notice that by the front door, we also wanted to create a mud room of sorts (seems familiar, eh?) by incorporating hooks onto one of the shelves. We sourced some hand-hammered double hooks on Etsy, and they were the perfect fit for hanging coats and bags right above the little red bench.
We love that this project makes a big impact whenever you enter this awesome house, it really sets the tone for all the great details these clients have incorporated.
One area that’s slightly less visible than the entry is the master bedroom. At least, I’m assuming not every guest gets to walk right in. But maybe they should, because we love the mirrored sliding door that we built for this room. (Also, hello embarrassing self photo-bomb. I have yet to learn the magic of not photographing oneself in a mirror, so check me out 🙂 )
You can tell here that having this full length mirror really visually expands the room and helps bounce light around. This is the door to the closet, and it originally swung out toward the wall, where the red dresser is now. By building a sliding door, they were able to reclaim that wall space, and get a full-length mirror out of the deal!
We went with a simple hardware style for this door, because the original door framing is really beautiful, and we didn’t want to take away from that. We also kept the style of the door really simple, because since it already has a reflective surface, we didn’t want it to be distracting or overpowering in the space.
Side note: this baby was a BEAST to install. That’s what husband-assistants are for, though. You can see to the side of the door we installed a mounting block, painted the same color as the wall, that supports the weight of the extended rail. This is because the door hardware is sitting on top of the existing door frame, as opposed to sitting flat against the wall higher than the frame. But we didn’t want to cover up the original beautiful door frame by making a super-tall door that would sit above it.
These were our two biggest projects for the house, but they’re so exciting because each makes it’s own strong impact in their spaces. It’s honestly a thrill to be able to create things that are both beautiful and useful.
We’ve still got several things to share from Project Lake Claire, so stay tuned for a totally revamped laundry room, some simple bathroom additions, and a secret office lair.