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Case Study: My Millwork Designs

the Case Study series at The Unexpected Chic

Happy Friday all! And for those in the UK, happy upcoming long weekend, yeees! I had to double-check if it was Labour Day in North America as well… I see that it’s next weekend! Normally I would know these sorts of things (being Canadian, and hearing about holidays from my family) but the whole fam is currently here in the UK visiting, so they’re not too concerned with Labour Day at the moment! I am heading up to Nottingham and Sherwood Forest to see some castles and such with them for the weekend, how about you? It seems like London will be completely deserted this weekend!

For those of you who might be sticking around home, or are perhaps heading to your holiday home and thinking of doing some updates to your interiors, I have some great ideas for you for custom-designed millwork and cabinetry.

Bespoke designs are an excellent solution when you can’t quite find the perfect piece of furniture ready-made (which is often the case, especially for large pieces) and when you want something that makes the ideal compliment for your space and for your storage needs!

And the good news is, they don’t need to be over-the-top expensive! A skilled carpenter will be able to make you the perfect piece for the same or less than what you would pay in the shop for something which might not be exactly what you wanted.

So today I’d like to show you some of the millwork design that I’ve done! The first is for a client who had big entry areas in the front and back of the house and was a bit lost for what to do with them and how to integrate beautiful, functional storage for a family of 4. I helped them to come up with ideas which are simple and practical to accommodate the family’s daily bits and bobs that would normally just be strewn around the floor and thrown over the stair rail!

Custom millwork design by Liivi Hess at Magnolia Hill Interiors

In collaboration with Lisa Lev Design

This is a model I built to show how the shelves and cubbies were arranged to provide lots of storage and to accommodate small children with lower fixtures. They were finished with a high-spec paint to take lots of wear and tear and be easily cleanable. Everything in its place!

Custom millwork storage design by Liivi Hess of Magnolia Hill Interiors
In collaboration with Lisa Lev Design

This is another idea presented to the same client with a padded cubby bench, a floating cubby, and more hooks instead of floating shelves. Also a very flexible and functional option! The final design was with the backs of the cubbies painted to add colour, as well as vintage metal hooks for character.

 
Custom millwork storage design by Liivi Hess of Magnolia Hill Interiors

In collaboration with Lisa Lev Design

This is an example of a sketch construction drawing which I would discuss with a carpenter to work out the details of the design, construction and finishes and work out a budget.
 

Custom millwork storage design by Liivi Hess of Magnolia Hill Interiors
In collaboration with Lisa Lev Design

The back entry of the same client’s house was a larger, more ‘mud-room’ -like area which required even more storage for the family and guests to store their shoes, outer wear and bags. We designed this wooden bench with a stone top to disguise a large radiator in the back section, and provide storage and seating along its length.

 
Custom millwork storage design by Liivi Hess of Magnolia Hill Interiors

In collaboration with Palmerston Design Consultants

This client wanted to add style and functionality to the living room by adding cabinetry and shelving. This would provide a pleasing arrangement to anchor the TV which we wall-mounted, and also provide related media storage. We designed a low cabinet for underneath the TV and some floating display shelves alongside.

Custom millwork storage design by Liivi Hess of Magnolia Hill Interiors

In collaboration with Palmerston Design Consultants

 This is another option for the same client with the TV in a large built-in media unit instead, with display shelves and integrated cupboards for storage.

Custom millwork storage design by Liivi Hess of Magnolia Hill Interiors
In collaboration with Palmerston Design Consultants

And finally an idea for another client who wanted their TV and media to be easily accessible but not always visible. The living room was quite small and had little storage, however there was one large wall which provided space for the perfect solution – a large media unit with sliding doors. This would allow for a lot of new storage and the possibility to cover the TV when entertaining. Gorgeous!

I would be more than happy to work with you to create something wonderful and bespoke for your home, which will compliment your space beautifully and help to store all your ‘stuff’ away too! I can visit you in the London area or work with you online if you live elsewhere.

You choose how much help you want – I can provide ideas and detailed drawings for millwork that suits your needs perfectly, or go further and re-work the space planning and decor as well.

You don’t need to necessarily know what you want to do beforehand, or have a fully formed idea ready to go; I will guide you through the process and help you figure these things out!

Find out more about our services here. Don’t be shy, get in touch!

Happy weekend! Much Love.

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