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“Game of Thrones” in your Kingdom?
POSTED ON August 19, 2017
Step into a world of of mystic intrigue…descending a flight of stairs, you are led into an old-world room where you find a crowd gathered by a fireplace and a full bar. As you move forward, you are enveloped by the feeling that you’ve just ventured into a different century.
This is the idea for our client’s “Game of Thrones”-inspired, themed basement, which McGrath Interiors is in the process of designing. The clients have a collection of old-looking artifacts (think swords, shields and beer steins) that will be hung on the walls and displayed on the shelves. Their desire is that our design will provide an authentic backdrop for these pieces, which will be the finishing touches to the themed space. Our challenge is to unite the two kingdoms of modern conveniences and medieval lore.
In addition to the bar and fireplace, there will be a built-in banquette and table, and a small pub table in the main bar area. We are also planning for a lounge/TV viewing area, wine storage room, a large gym, powder room, and the unfinished area for storage/utilities.
The first image below shows the existing bar area followed by a 3-D rendering of our design. Existing beams and columns will get wrapped in distressed, “hand sawn” wood. We will install vertical wooden posts around the perimeter of the main room, and on the ceiling. The areas between them will be refinished to have an old, uneven, and hand-plastered look. Field stone will cover the columns flanking the bar, as well as the floor behind the bar. A metal foot rail will adorn the front of the bar. The bar-back will get custom cabinets with planked doors, with custom iron work on the fronts of the upper cabinets. All of the appliances will be hidden behind wood panels that match the cabinetry. (Nothing modern-looking allowed here)!
Master Bedroom with Wood Texture
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Coming in on the tail end of a project to finish off a room with details can sometimes be a challenging task, but in this case my job was made easy. Working with Eric from Clerestory Construction, the clients had already selected the paint colors and finishes, including the wall behind the bed, which was made from pine floorboards pulled from the attic of the home. Eric finished it off with a whitewash and clear coat. With this kind of texture and color, there is no need for a headboard. Old boards were also used to make the platform bed with storage underneath.
We selected three different fabrics to make the large pillow covers. The floral fabric pulls in the plum from the walls, while the other side is more subdued with a pattern that feels very textural. This side can be used if the client wants other fabrics on the front pillows in the future, or just to change things up a little bit. A solid taupe is on the pencil welt.
For the windows we selected a natural shade material with top-down, bottom-up function, and a translucent lining to allow some light through. Not only do they work well with the color and texture of the wooden wall, but they have understated style and lots of functional options, making them a great choice.