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AUG 2018

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A Study in Tranquility CAROLINE CASTRUCCI Laurysen Kitchens Ltd, Stittsville, Ontario This library provides a true sanctuary of literature, from the passageway trimmed with walnut to match the entry doors, to the extra-thick maple shelves designed to support weighty tomes, to the dramatic three-tiered coffered ceiling made from walnut and maple, finished in a clear lac- quer with a bit of glazing. The ceiling pattern is dark walnut framed with maple, while the floors are walnut trimmed with light tile to mimic the natural maple look. Custom walnut corbels at the ceiling appear to be supporting the top section of the maple cross beams. Storage is achieved through 16 file drawers along both sides of the wall as well as plain cabinetry under the window and by the door. Lower base cabinets, topped with Cambria Oxford quartz, keep the visual weight at the bottom, while shallow custom drawers flank the doors on both sides, providing space for fine art and papers. The height of the open shelving units presented a challenge for designer Caroline Castrucci of Laurysen Kitchens Ltd., who divided the huge open cabinets into upper and lower, adding in a 3" walnut divider that runs around the room to support the brass ladder rail that is hooked to a custom-made walnut ladder. Finishing touches include antique brass wheels and fittings on the ladder and deco- rative hardware that calls to mind the days of Dickens and Chaucer – perfect for creating a true sanctuary for book lovers. Safari Task Lounge NAR BUSTAMANTE Nar Fine Carpentry, Sacramento, CA A bold safari theme adds drama and pizzazz to this multipurpose office/storage/lounge area, which includes everything from display space for the cli- ent's eclectic art collection to coat storage, office space and more. Designed by Nar Bustamante of Nar Fine Carpentry, the space features contrasting colors, finishes and textures and abundant storage. The original space was a bedroom-turned-office that was closed off from the main living area. A key challenge was finding a way to remove the unused brick fireplace to better use the space and create more connectivity with the living room. To do this, the home's original wood flooring had to be salvaged from other areas and patched in a harmonious way. Tall storage areas were created in the alcoves and a tall alumi- num tambour was built into the bedroom's previous closet area, which now houses office equipment. As an added bonus, it can be easily shut away for a clean look when not in use. File drawers in Black Gloss Laminate flank a section of offset stacked drawers on the back wall, while Dekton Spectra counter- tops offer visual and functional appeal. The Berenson brass cabinet pulls add a textural element, coordinating with the interiors of the hanging Tom Dixon brass pendants. A dramatic focal point was created with 1" wood strips ap- plied on the back wall and along the ceiling, where they conceal the recessed LED strip lighting. SILVER BRONZE Photos: Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio Photos: Fred Donham – PhotographerLink August 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 79

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