Before & After: By Eva Ditler
Deep colors and rich woods bring a welcoming tone to a remodeled den…
THE COLOR WHITE CAN BE refreshing, but for this north-facing den with exterior exposure on three sides, cold white on walls and mini-blinds provided the room with even more disagreeable chill.
It was no surprise that when the home-owners of this Marston Hills 1933 Spanish-style residence decided to do a complete renovation, they asked architect Alfred Mazur and contractors Jeffery and Robert Jertberg of VanBerg Construction to bring some cozy warmth to the den.
Painting the walls with a generous helping of Behr’s Chianti flavored the room with kingly comfort. The deep grape-red color was a good match for the dark-stained wood of cabinetry, doors and a new desk — brought in to give the room a dual focus as den and office.
“The desk and adjacent cabinetry are built-ins fabricated by Creative Wood-works according to my design,” says Mazur. “They are made from alder, stained a dark brown color typical of Spanish houses from this period. The house has a historic designation and it was the owner’s desire that the renovation should be sensitive to its style and period.”
Original, full-height, built-in cabinets elsewhere in the room, once intentioned as bedroom closets, were outfitted as office storage space. Painted a stark white, they, too, were stripped and stained the dark brown color.
“The profile of these existing cabinet doors was copied for the new cabinetry,” says Mazur. “The original entry door to the room also was stripped and finished. Fortunately all the unique door hardware throughout the house was intact, but dirty and tarnished. The mechanisms were refurbished and the metal refinished to return them to their original unusual combination of nickel and brass.”