This custom, lighted panel behind the bed brings together an eye-catching light fixture, captivating artwork and modern sophistication with a bit of edge to create a dramatic focal point for the Master Bedroom. This designer created the pattern for the laser-cut wood panel, slightly evocative of an Asian floral motif, which was inspired by the client’s cultural heritage.
A wood door with striped glass panels beautifully matches the light hardwood and molding in the foyer. A dark gray accent wall adds depth to the bright design. A wall cut out with open storage boxes is fixed next to a large built in cabinet with decorative wood finish accents.
Fresh cut sunflowers, wood paneling and a primitive dough bowl add country charm to this neutral sitting area. Upholstered ottomans with an hourglass shape offer stylish seating in front of a simple fireplace.
A rustic wood hutch provides display space for white collectibles, while the top of the weathered console dons fresh-cut flowers. Beadboard paneling along the wall creates a cozy, country feel to the space.
In the bathroom, designers used the modern, Asian motif from the rest of the home to bring in unique features that give this space a spa like feel. The window above the large soaking tub gives the space plenty of natural light, while the bamboo wood panel helps to create some privacy between the spa space and the outdoors. To create privacy inside the home, panels of frosted glass create a space in the bathroom that is separate from the rest of the room's spaces; however, by using panels of glass rather than glass sheets, designers were able to keep the bath area from feeling cut off and separate-keeping the room's design flow continuous-while still giving this space an amount of privacy.
I recommend measuring the space where the fretwork panels will go and cutting according to your measurements. Measure, mark and cut X pieces, mitering the ends at a 45º angle. Instead of using a tape measure, it is best to hold the boards in place, mark and cut to size to ensure the most precise fit.
Next, cut the 8” pieces, mitering the ends at a 45º angle, not parallel, then attach to the X pieces with wood glue. Clamp and let dry.
Optional: toenail 1-1/4” brad nails to secure the pieces together. Toenailing is simply driving a nail at an angle through a board.
Once the glue is dry on the fretwork panels, take the three panels and insert them into place. It should be a very snug fit. Adjust as necessary. Use a mallet to gently tap it into place and secure with wood glue. Clamp and let dry.
To build the seat, you will simply edge-join 1” x 6” boards together. Measure, mark and cut the 1” x 6” boards to length. Apply wood glue to the edges and place them edge-to-edge and clamp together until the glue is dry. Because you are joining boards long grain to long grain, you can simply use wood glue to edge-join the boards together. No additional joinery is needed here.
Using the cut list provided, cut the legs, side aprons, side rails and stiles to length. Cut the plywood side panels to size as well. Using a pocket hole jig, drill 3/4" pocket holes into the side aprons and attach them to the legs with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. In the photo below, I am using a scrap piece of 3/4" thick wood underneath the side apron, so that the side apron will be flush to the interior side of the legs.
Additionally, drill 3/4" pocket holes into all four sides of the plywood side panels. Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes into the ends the side rails and stiles. Attach the side rails to the legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. Attach the plywood to the side rails and legs with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Finally, attach the last stile to the side panel with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. Measure and cut the side rail detail to length, drill 1-1/2" pocket holes into the ends and attach with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.
Whenever drilling into 3/4" thick material, adjust the pocket hole jig to the 3/4" depth setting and use 1-1/4" pocket hole screws to attach. When drilling into 1-1/2" thick material, adjust the jig to the 1-1/2" depth setting and use 2-1/2" pocket hole screws to attach.
Add a special treatment halfway up the wall, to cut your costs. Tile or wood paneling, which can be cheaper, gives any bathroom a certain finished style. Designer Stephanie A. Bruntz of Studio B Design used tile in this National Kitchen + Bath Association winning bathroom, but also suggests using beadboard. If you opt for beadboard, she suggests adding chair rail around the room and a standalone backsplash above the vanity. “It would be faster to install and less expensive on the material purchase,” says Bruntz, who lives in Nebraska.