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Project Highlight: Making Big with a Little Vestibule March 10, 2010

Posted by benchdogdesign in Project Highlight.

What do you do when there just isn’t enough room to build a coat closet, a coat stand takes up too much space in your living room, and typical wall mounted coat hooks just don’t seem to fit with your home?

Introducing the vestibule at a residence in Fishtown:

Inspired by the look of exposed wood lath (the structural system that holds up plaster walls) and the need for a place to hang a coat or two, the project solves the problem while creating a welcoming image to the home that isn’t cluttered like a conventional coat rack or taking up too much space such as a coat closet.  One of the walls and ceiling are covered with narrow, horizontal strips of wood. The exposed plaster wall is painted with a chartreuse green, while the door and trim are painted with a cool gray.  This creates a bright yet balanced composition for the entry to the home. As an added element– antique doorknobs are inserted sporadically (and can be moved, adjusted as needed), for use as coat hooks, leash hooks, hat hooks, and just about anything else you are looking to hang. The door knobs were purchased at Second Chance Architectural Salvage in Baltimore, an excellent place that consists of 4 warehouse full of re-used finds. The best part is that whether or not something is hanging on the knobs, you still have a wall that is pleasing to look at and wouldn’t be embarrassed by when welcoming a friend or neighbor into your home.

Lastly, a light fixture was needed to brighten the vestibule. Often fixtures can be out of scale with the size of the room and their aesthetic can detract from the space. The fixture chosen for this project is a very simple pole with a clear linear bulb. It throws just the right amount of light and it is small and compact.  The fixture and lamp are thin and long which ties back to the wood strips and completes the composition.

In the end the space is welcoming as well as functional, both are critical in any urban home.

[Photos by Kate Devlin.]


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