Wednesday, March 9, 2011


If "clothes make the man" then details make a house a home! We love it when someone really creative comes up with something different. As you can see above these aren't just cabinets, the designer had the playful foresight to create a village out of something that would ordinarily be routine. The detail required a lot of planning ahead. We were carefully instructed on exactly how to make the doors and what type of wood was needed to accommodate the artist's paint. But I think you will agree that the end result is at the very least provocative! I am never sure that details like this really add to the marketability or price of a home, but the kids don't care so long as they get to enjoy a room like this.

For sure the difference between mass producing homes and true custom work is the attention to detail. Nothing wrong with an "off the shelf" house which meets our need for shelter. But...if you can have it dressed up with fun additions that enhance your lifestyle all the better! This homeowner travels a lot and needed a bigger mailbox. We had the space and the creativity to build a drawer that allows the mail to pile up while they are gone a long time. Both the drawer and the floor are walnut - a beautiful addition to the overall feel of the home.

We could have bought those plain old numbers that they sell at the Home Depot, but a true work of art demands a trellis address plaque. To give this brand new home an aged look we stucco'd over brick and rubbed the finish with buttermilk and cow manure. Doesn't smell too great while you are applying, but the finished product is wonderful!

I have always marveled at how a good idea in the marketplace ends up being duplicated all over town. While groaning one day about how we were seeing this stucco finish everywhere Molly pulled me back down to earth and suggested I 'get over it and go figure out the next great idea!' We have!

One local hardware source toutes it's cabinet hardware as "jewelry for your cabinetry." This would qualify in my opinion...

This Kitchen picture reminds me of a detail the Architect, Richard Drummond Davis asked us to duplicate on the doors of the refrigerator/freezer. The original home was built in 1929 by famous Dallas architect Hal Thompson. It had all of these wonderful old doors with a pattern just like what we produced for the refrigerator.  A fabulous detail!

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