FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

SPACES | A Custom Console For The Cottage

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Jack built the desk and built-ins for our Brooklyn apartment | Photograph by Claire Esparros of Homepolish.com

Jack built the desk and built-ins for our Brooklyn apartment | Photograph by Claire Esparros of Homepolish.com

Before my husband began his career in 3D animation and virtual reality, he was building in reality as a carpenter. When we first moved to New York, he took his first job in Brooklyn doing demo in Greenpoint. That job led to another, then finally to a studio in Chelsea where he was for over 4 years, working his rank up to be the lead carpenter at the shop. He enjoyed carpentry but always new this wasn't his end goal or a long term career. He much more prefers keeping it as side passion or hobby. He built several furniture items for our apartment in Brooklyn, including the built-ins, the large desk and the entry console, all of which you can see in the pictures Homepolish took.

On to the present, in Seattle... The house comes with a garage that has basically been split in half with the right side being storage for the apartment building nextdoor (also owned by our landlords) and the other side is for us. It's kitted out as tool shed with a workman's bench and electricity. We were really excited about this additional space for Jack to use as his workshop. The first week here he found a 1970s combo saw on Craigslist, called a Shop Smith. With that, among other tools he's accumulating, he's going to build us some custom furniture.

A panoramic of our backyard with the shed

A panoramic of our backyard with the shed

The Shop Smith Saw with the original safety goggles.

The Shop Smith Saw with the original safety goggles.

The first and most major piece is going to be our console for the living room. There's a wall in the living room that is 118" long that we're planning to position the television on. We're also planning to make this be our major gallery wall since the sofa is going to live opposite it, in front of the windows. To highlight and anchor that expansive space we decided that a lengthy console would be quite beautiful. Also knowing that we will not always have such a long wall to accommodate this design, we've planned for it to be divided into 3 pieces that go together. The central unit will be the average 60" length console, while we're adding two matching end tables that are 18" square and will coordinate with the console, set  alone, near a sofa, or as bedside tables. 

Drawing Plan of Unit

Drawing Plan of Unit

My husband's taste leans more modern than mine, and he typically likes midcentury furniture designs. I enjoy a mix so we've agreed on this unit being in that style.  The whole look will be loosely inspired by Joanna Goddard's living room that Emily Henderson designed. We love watching TV and we're not trying to hide that, but we also don't want it to be the major focus of the wall. Something similar to this set up below with a gallery wall of mixed art, the television set in front of some of it, along with a midcentury console is what we're going for. 

Joanna Goddard's living room designed by Emily Henderson

Joanna Goddard's living room designed by Emily Henderson

For the wood we went to Crosscuts in Seattle, a warehouse sized shop that has a great inventory of domestic and exotic hardwoods. We discussed possibly using walnut for this design or to go with teak again (he built our desk in teak and rosewood), but when we were there we ended up falling in love with Brazilian Cherry wood called Jatoba. It's warm and slightly more red than walnut, but also lighter and closer in tone to teak. We chose the least red pieces since I'm not typically a huge fan of red toned woods. There's just something about the grain and overall color of this wood that made both of us really excited about it (I know, total nerds). He's going to work on this on weekends so I'm pretty sure it won't be finished for some time, but I'm really looking forward to seeing it all come together! I'll probably post the updates on instagram, since I will most likely be in New York until it's finished. So keep your eyes peeled for the updates over there. 

"Plywood Heaven" | Photograph by Jack Caron © 2016 

"Plywood Heaven" | Photograph by Jack Caron © 2016 

Jatoba | Photograph by Jack Caron © 2016

Jatoba | Photograph by Jack Caron © 2016

Taken just after we cut down the plywood sheets | Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2016

Taken just after we cut down the plywood sheets | Photograph by Lauren L Caron © 2016