filing cabinet and cupboard in living room of studio apartment
Photo: D.P. Simmons III
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Smoke and Mirrors

One thing I couldn't fit in the office was my second-hand filing cabinet. The corner near the kitchen suited its footprint, but I needed to camouflage its utilitarian exterior. Eventually I found its shorter mate abandoned on the street, joined the two with mending plates and self-tapping screws, painted the newer to match the older, hung a half-dozen mirrors bought on eBay, attached an old postman's cupboard, and topped that with a planter. Though admittedly strange, the finished product has an architectural quality that's evocative of the buildings beyond. Narrow shelves on the flip side provide hidden storage for four window screens.
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