Happy October! In this month’s new issue, we share new takes on traditional design. This week’s Room of the Week features a Little Rock family who turned to designer Joshua Plumlee at Cobblestone & Vine to help bridge the gap between the classic look of their Heights home and their distinctive style. The front entry, seen above, is one of our favorite spaces. The interior of the front door and its surround are painted black to draw attention to its shapeliness and to add drama, while a Chinese Chippendale chair and an X-bench with traditional silhouettes are updated with fresh design details and fabrics. Plumlee used color, art, and custom furnishings to make the home a reflection of its fun-loving owners. We’ve gathered a few items to help you get the look, but contact Plumlee for all your design questions. Read the full story online here or find a copy of the new October issue on newsstands.
I don’t care who you are. No one absolutely 100% loves moving. Sure, you may crave a change of scenery. Yes, you may be all for the intense purge of items no longer used. I get it. I’m cool with those sides of moving, too but the one thing that drives me directly to the nearest wall to bang my head against is finding a spot in the new house for everything that fit so well in the old house.
Case in point, this chunky bookcase…
In the old house, this tall drink of water found the perfect fit in my guestroom, but at the new house? No such luck. After nearly six months of scratching my head, I just couldn’t find the right gig for him in the new casa…until one day while laying sideways on the sofa across the room, I saw this guy in a whole new light. Flip him on his side, add some legs and we were in TV stand heaven! Just what the hubs needed for his man cave in the making. Let’s do this.
First things first, I used a mallet and jigsaw to remove the apron around the bottom of the bookcase.
Then the project headed outside to stain the then-bottom, now-side of the then-bookcase, now-tv stand and a few legs a matching dark walnut finish.
Attached the legs to the bottom of the cabinet…
…and that hubby of mine was ready to watch TV in style.