Traditional American Quartered Walnut Home Library

The Space: A den in a San Francisco suburban home with a painted brick fire place on one wall and a pair of French doors that face a rear yard on another.

The Need: A library/home office with a warm, traditional design that provides ample space for the clients’ books. Initially the task was to create only a home office on one wall of the room but the scope of services grew to include reworking the fireplace wall as well to give the entire room a unified, warm appearance.


The Solution: The fireplace wall was paneled in Traditional American Quartered walnut. The two windows were covered with flush walnut framed “hammered” glass doors which were designed at the client’s request to minimize the appearance of the windows on this wall. A beautiful custom walnut crown moulding replaced the original crown while the painted brick fireplace surround and hearth was sheathed in marble and surrounded by a new walnut mantle with a horizontal panel of karelian burl. On either side of the new mantle walnut bookshelves were designed to run the length of the room. InHouse designed and facilitated the installation of the cabinetry and electrical work and provided the color consultation for the room.

Photo F-17: Fireplace Wall After Photo F-18: New Mantle