Den & Press Room Renovation
This home was built in 1965 and the original owners had, more or less, left everything in the original condition. The lower level was severely out of date and required a complete renovation to make it more functional for a home-based stationery business. The space needed to fill two purposes: a spot to meet with clients and a place to print using an antique letterpress.
The existing space (right, top) was awkward and non-functional. A second staircase (right, middle) was completely unnecessary and took up valuable storage space. The small, divided window (right, middle) let little light into the cavernous room. We started from scratch, completely gutting the area (right, bottom) down to the studs so we could spray foam insulation, sheetrock, rewire, re-tile and lay new flooring.
The finished space (left, top) is fresh and modern. This project was featured on Design*Sponge on October 24, 2013.
A new window lets natural daylight pour into both the work and den spaces.
I stuck with neutral grays for the large areas of color: walls, couch and carpeting, while incorporating pops of black, white and orange into the room. Down the line, the accessories can easily be swapped out as tastes change.
At the back of the room, a custom built-in bookcase was created to house novels as well as cherished mementos and decor items. The fireplace was
re-tiled in a faux stone porcelain tile to the ceiling. The tile was expensive, a "splurge" item worth every penny. A mix of high and low finishes and decor kept the project budget under $5,000.
A suspension system, commonly used in art galleries, was utilized to hang the oversized mirror.
A mix of old and new live in the space. The antique, cast-iron letterpress (top, right) is from the early 1920’s. The imposing stone table (top, bottom left) is from the same era. Behind the letterpress, two PAX units from Ikea were installed to hold paper and printing materials. They fit perfectly in the nook left behind by removing the second staircase. The mirrored doors amplify the light.
I created an original piece of artwork (bottom, right) to hang near the press. The painting is blend of greens, blues, oranges, yellows and red overlaid with gold foil.
Functionality was essential to this remodel. The design couldn’t just be “pretty” - it needed to work for the business. Letterpress printing requires a lot of equipment, including furniture (right) - all of which needed to be neatly stored and easily accessible. The imposing table holds ink and lock-up supplies, while the two mirrored door PAX units hold paper and packaging materials.
Magnetic boards (bottom, left) were attached to the wall to display the current stationery collection. Each suite is held in place by mini mighty magnets. The presentation makes viewing a large range of designs quick and easy for potential clients.
More units from Ikea were utilized on the wall (bottom, right). This hanging system allows small supplies to be kept up and off the work surfaces, virtually eliminating clutter.
A set of old coffee tables (top, left) were given new life with a fresh coat of white paint. The tops of the tables (bottom, left) were gold leafed and sealed.
On top of the tables (top, right), I created a small arrangement out of faux succulents, guaranteed not to wither. A set of green tiled wooden boxes hide practical items such as the television remotes.