This project was a team effort with the family of Alex, intended to create a forever home where he could enjoy his books, music and new television in comfort and safety. You might not spot the many aging-in-place features that are thoughtfully incorporated here, because we were determined to create a stylish space without drawing attention to them. The masculine mix of materials and deep accent colors set off a consistent neutral palette that makes this small one-bedroom feel much larger than its footprint.
The key component (and major engineering feat) in Alexander’s renovation was this ingenious double wall of bookcases, which replaced a solid non-structural wall. One side of shelves faces the bedroom and the other faces the living room, with a pocket door between them.
Chestnut-colored, motorized wood blinds were used across all windows for complete light and privacy control. Reflective metal surfaces echo throughout the space; here, in the lamps and gilt wallpaper behind the couch.
The bedroom is essentially a library, with shelving on all four elevations and creating a nest for the bed. A pocket door to the bathroom tucks behind one bookcase. Brass library lights mount above to make reading in bed a pleasure.
Above: Bookshelves are extra thick to prevent warping, and rabbeted to mitigate the thickness.
Above: Rich eggplant wallpaper with a gold pattern sets off a custom linen headboard with brass nailheads.
Above, left: Hand-crafted accent lamps set off the Lagos Azul stone window sill. Above, center: A heavily dimensional painting was chosen to contrast with the gilt wallpaper. Above, right: The custom curved desk has an inset leather top matched to the eggplant paint color at the back of the bookcases.