Sea Ranch Living Room Bookcase and Entertainment Wall

The Space: The main living room wall in a home located in the coastal community of Sea Ranch California.

Photo: E16 Before


Photo E16: Living Room Wall After

Photo E-16: Living Room Wall After

The Need: The client wanted to replace an existing douglas fir wall of bookshelves with an updated design that would complement the style of her home and enhance but not overwhelm the living room. The use for the new wall was to remain essentially the same (for books and display) but she wanted InHouse to integrate a new flat screen TV and supporting components along with her CD and DVD collection. She requested a bit of drama in the design but was not sure what direction that should take.

Photo: E17 Before


Photo: E17 Living Room Wall After

Photo E-17: Living Room Wall After

The Solution: InHouse designed the new wall so that it no longer read as one long storage unit. The new symmetric design has two individual cabinets for books and display items surrounding an open central wall for the TV with a component cabinet beneath. The primary wood utilized was maple (a wood common to many Sea Ranch homes). The maple was then selectively accented by a chestnut burl veneer to add “activity” and drama. The central TV wall is all burl, as is most of the lower component cabinet while the burl is used more sparingly on the two bookcases, relegated to the perimeter moulding in a tone-on-tone theme.
The result was exactly what the client wanted since the design complemented her other furnishings and added the requested drama to a wall that was formerly a simple storage solution for her books. InHouse also added dimmable LED uplights which were hidden in the top of the two bookcases. This lighting accented the room’s angled ceiling while adding essential illumination which could be dimmed according to the client’s needs.


Photo: E18 Media Cabinet Chestnut Burl Detail

Photo E-18: Media Cabinet Chestnut Burl Detail

Photo: E19 Bookcase Chestnut Burl Detail

Photo E-19: Bookcase Chestnut Burl Detail