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2018 Idea House | Work & Play Spaces

We didn't waste a foot of space here at the TOH 2018 Idea House; smart design choices and customized built-ins enabled us to create zones for work, play, and relaxation. Here are a few great ideas you can incorporate into your home.

Library/Office

The library/office, tucked into the space along the second-floor hallway, features a custom bookcase designed around salvaged glass cabinet doors, finished with deep blue paint and satin brass hardware.

BUILT-INS: Sweenor Builders Mill Shop

PAINT: Glidden's Celestial Blue (built-ins)

HARDWARE: House of Antique Hardware

LIGHTING: Fixtures, Lamp by Circa LIghting

CHAIR: O&G Studio

RUG: Dash & Albert

WINDOWS: Andersen

WINDOW SEAT CUSHION: Smith & Noble

PILLOWS: Malabar

Workable Space

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

The built-in desk and window seat make use of the natural light coming in through large windows.

BUILT-IN DESK: Sweenor Builders Mill Shop

CHAIR: O&G Studio

WINDOW SEAT CUSHIONS: Smith & Noble

PILLOWS: Malabar

DESK LAMP: Circa Lighting

Hardworking Laundry Room

Photo by Nat Rea

The second-floor laundry room features blue-painted custom cabinets juxtaposed with white appliances and walls; a vivid blue-and-white-patterned tile floor ties the two together.

PAINT: Glidden’s Swan White (walls), Romance Blue (cabinets)

CABINETS: Sweenor Builders Mill Shop

RECLAIMED OAK COUNTERTOP: Grothouse

HARDWARE: House of Antique Hardware

TILE FLOOR: Merola Tile

APPLIANCES: Miele from Wickford Appliance

High-Contrast Mudroom

Photo by Nat Rea

Inside the back door, custom mudroom cubbies and a built-in bench offer a convenient drop spot for outerwear and grocery bags. Poplar shiplap is installed with a nickel gap reminiscent of wall cladding found in older beach cottages in the area. For a high-contrast look, the walls’ crisp white paint is accented by deep green on the built-ins and trim. Durable black ceramic tile underfoot stands up to wet umbrellas and sandy feet with ease.

PAINT: Glidden’s Swan White (walls), Royal Hunter Green built-ins and trim)

MUDROOM BUILT-INS: Sweenor Builders Mill Shop

FLOOR TILE: Merola Tile

LIGHT FIXTURE: Clarkson Lighting

HARDWARE & HOOKS: House of Antique Hardware

BENCH CUSHION: Smith & Noble

Pet Station

Photo by Nat Rea

The mudroom’s built-in conveniences include a dog bed/feeding station and an open-shelf/counter area to organize keys, phones, and other necessities.

DROP ZONE & CUBBIES: Sweenor Builders Mill Shop

AMERICAN BLACK WALNUT COUNTERTOP: Grothouse

PAINTED POPLAR SHIPLAP WALLS: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods

TILE FLOOR: Merola

DOG CUSHION: Smith & Noble

Butler’s Pantry

Photo by Nat Rea

Off the kitchen, the butler’s pantry meets modern-day storage needs in classic early-20th-century style. Painted floor-to-ceiling cabinets feature glass doors, a built-in rack for platters, open shelves, shallow drawers (easier to keep orderly!), bin pulls, and glass knobs. The walnut shelf and countertops warm up the space even more.

PAINT: Glidden's Swan White (walls), Zombie (built-ins and trim)

CABINETS: Signature Custom Cabinetry

WOOD COUNTERTOP: Grothouse

HARDWARE: Bin pulls and Knobs by House of Antique Hardware

LIGHTING: Clarkson Lighting

TILE BACKSPLASH: Merola Tile

WINDOW TREATMENT: Smith & Noble

RAKU POTTERY & STONEWARE: Cynthia Brown Studio

Clever Countertop

Photo by NAT REA

Round fruits and vegetables will not roll off the counter, thanks to this black walnut countertop with a convenient, custom-carved integrated fruit bowl.

COUNTERTOP: Grothouse

CABINETRY: Signature Custom Cabinetry

DRAWER PULLS: House of Antique Hardware

BACKSPLASH: Merola Tile

Laundry Upgrade

Photo by Nat Rea

Around the corner is a convenient first-floor laundry, where all the essentials are given a style upgrade: a stackable washer and dryer, a vintage-style apron sink and wall-mount faucet, and mosaic-tile walls. A hanging rod, space for folding—or ironing on a countertop board—and laundry bins that roll out of the way pack a lot of efficiency into the compact space.

CABINETRY & TRIM PAINT: Glidden's Zombie

LAUNDRY SINK AND FAUCET: American Standard

LAUNDRY CABINETS: Sweenor Builders Mill Shop

HARDWARE: House of Antique Hardware

WASHER AND DRYER: Electrolux

TANKLESS WATER HEATERS (NOT SHOWN): Rinnai

Mid-Century Modern Media Room

Photo by Nat Rea

The basement in the main house holds even more amenities fit for company—or just more extras for the family who lives there—including this comfortable, casual media room.

PAINT: Glidden's Silent Fog (walls)

MEDIA ROOM FURNISHINGS: Sectional, Coffee Table, Bar Table, Bar Stools, Console Table, Marble Clock, and Hanging Planters by Article

EGRESS WINDOWS: The BILCO Company

WOOD BLINDS: Smith & Noble

Made for Movie Night

Photo by Nat Rea

Stylish Mid-century modern furnishings make this media room a great place for movies, game nights, or just hanging out. A cool stone veneer backdrop, flat-screen television, and dimmable lights complete the theater vibe.

FURNISHINGS: Sectional, Coffee Table, Media Unit, Red Chair, Side Table by Article

STONE VENEER: Eldorado Stone

LIGHTING: Clarkson Lighting

ACCENT PILLOW: Malabar

LIGHT CONTROLS: Leviton

ARTWORK: Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design

A Better Basement View

Photo by Nat Rea

Although nestled below grade, the room gains natural light from a deep window-well system that doubles as egress from the basement space.

Click here to read more about these unique planter design window wells and the egress doors we used at the TOH Idea House.

WINDOW WELL: The BILCO Company

FURNISHINGS: Basket, Vase, Marble Clock, Bar Table by Article

BLINDS: Smith & Noble

Energizing Exercise Room

Photo by Nat Rea

The basement’s exercise room provides numerous options for keeping fit right at home, including treadmill, weight bench, and gym system. The mirrored wall and egress window help enhance the light in the space.

PAINT: Glidden’s Solstice (walls)

LIGHT FIXTURE: Clarkson Lighting

EGRESS WINDOWS: The BILCO Company

GYM EQUIPMENT: Gold's Gym System, Treadmill, Dumbbell Set, Adjustable Bench, Kettlebell Set from Hayneedle

LOCKERS: Jorgenson Lockers

VENTILATION (not shown): Panasonic

LOAD CENTER (not shown): Leviton

Colorful Storage

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

Cardinal red lockers make it easy to keep personal workout gear organized and right where it is needed.

LOCKERS: Jorgenson

GYM EQUIPMENT: Hayneedle

BLINDS: Smith & Noble

Cedar Sauna

Photo by Nat Rea

Located next to the basement gym, the sauna makes a great follow-up to a workout; the western red cedar parts come precut, along with the heater, to be kit-built on-site.

WESTERN RED CEDAR SAUNA: Finlandia Sauna from Country Saunas by Design

Peek Inside the Sauna

Photo by Nat Rea

The interior of the 5-by-7-foot sauna, including the built-in benches, is made from western red cedar.

WESTERN RED CEDAR SAUNA: Finlandia Sauna from Country Saunas by Design