Searching through some photos of my past projects, I rediscovered these custom open shelves. I thought it would be fun to share some of the inspiration and concept drawings. These were designed for a small media room, part of a whole-house remodel in NW Portland.
It is a 1922 house, but the clients wanted a more contemporary look for these built-ins. Ideally they wanted all of the shelves to be open (no cupboards) and able to accommodate a 42" flat-screen television.
Stephanie found this great inspiration shot, scanned from Martha Stewart Living:
I really love the mix of different cubby proportions in this photo. The short spaces are especially fun, and work great for stacking oversized books. Instead of Buddha as the centerpiece, we'd plan a wide space for the TV (Attachment jokes are welcomed in the comments).
The ceilings in my clients' space are shorter than in Martha's photo, so I wanted to play down the horizontal nature of such a wide built-in. I thought it would help to add in a few truly square shelf spaces at the outer edges. I'm quite happy with how it turned out.