It is also a favorite project of the built-ins' creator, woodworker Brian Clancy. Equipped with detailed drawings by Kurth and her codesigner Tina Schwab, and his collection of vintage and digital-age equipment, Clancy converted cherry planks into desktops, cabinets, drawers, and open shelves. He used contrasting stains to give the reddish beadboard-backed shelves a bit more depth, and chains, screws, chisels, and hand planes to distress the wood—a preemptive measure when kids and pets are involved, Schwab explains.
Openings in the desktop allow wires to be fed into a hidden chase behind the built-ins. "I'm not a wire person," Ellis say—and, really, who is?
Shown: Cabinet doors under the desk swing open to provide access to the chase as needed.