Smart Ideas for Built-in Efficiency Around the Home

Attractive, Concealing Bookcase

built-in bookcases in the living room at the Emerson Green Idea House 2016

The living room’s predominantly neutral color scheme is injected with splashes of bold color such as the citron side chair and the orange grasscloth wall covering inside the media bookcase. Metal accents with a modern edge include the minimalist curtain rods, stainless-steel coffee table base, and the aluminum ceiling-fan blades. To disguise the room’s wall-mount mini-split HVAC unit, sliding screen doors—metal mesh inside a wood frame—were made for the top shelf of the media bookcase.

Built-in: Entertainment center; BOJ Construction

Paint: Gray Marble; Olympic

Wallcovering: Shang extra-fine in apricot by Thibaut; Decorators Best

Furnishings and accessories: Harvey pillow by Surya, Levici floor lamp and Malawi tray by Uttermost, Crosshatch vase by Howard Elliot, Walston table lamp by Pacific Lighting, Milo sofa and chair, and Charlotte tufted slipper chair by Belham Living, Hesperos coffee table by Uttermost, Tasha Scandinavian pouf by Jaipur Rugs, multi-colored pillows by Loloi, Nevelson hexagonal end table by Magnussen, JAX5030 area rug by Surya; all from Hayneedle.com

HVAC: Mitsubishi indoor wall-mount mini-split unit; Mitsubishi Electric

Fan: H-series ceiling fan in aluminum by Haiku

Window treatments: Drapes and Roman shades in Beadworks/Tangerine, Smith & Noble

Useful Storage in the Study

study storage at the Emerson Green Idea House 2016

How to get maximum function from compact rooms? Build in storage and furniture pieces to save floor space. The first-floor study provides a home office/homework area integrated into bookcases and cabinets. A fabric-covered corkboard serves as a nailhead-framed accent piece amid the vibrantly painted cabinetry.

Built-ins: Desk, shelving units and window seat; BOJ Construction. Fabric-covered bulletin-board with nailhead border, Chris Upholstery

Paint: Jamaican Dream, Olympic

Chairs: Carter mid-century dining chairs by Belham Living, Hayneedle.com

Mudroom Equipped for Maximum Storage

mudroom at the Emerson Green Idea House 2016

The mudroom’s built-in cubbies, bench, and wall of hooks keep shoes, hats, and coats in order, just inside the back door. The bench doubles as a place to put footwear on and take it off, and also a spot to stow things in baskets underneath. Farmhouse-style elements include the painted horizontal-plank wall and the red oak floors; the vivid yellow-green hue on the cubbies conveys a modern note.

Built-in: Cubbies; BOJ Construction. Bench cushion in Rafiki/Graphite; Smith & Noble. Upholstery; Chris Upholstery

Paint: Parachute; Olympic

Accessories: Koziol Pinball wall clock; Wayfair. LED galvanized metal monogram letter; Pier 1 Imports. Boot tray filled with river rocks; The Home Depot

Upstairs Hallway Read Nook

upstairs hallway at the Emerson Green Idea House 2016

Teal grasscloth walls, patterned linens, and a ceiling recess covered with a watery-blue wallpaper give the upstairs hall’s daybed area plenty of punch. The alcove does double duty as a guest bunk and reading nook

Window treatments and bedding: Roman shade in Newport Stripe/Spa, and daybed cover and bolsters in Avalon/Teal; Smith & Noble. Upholstery by Chris Upholstery

Wall coverings: Walls in sisal Asian Essence by Winfield Thybony and ceiling in Pattern W3357-316 by Kravet; Decorators Best

Pillows: Knit pillows by Loloi and Bluebird pillow by Pillow Perfect, Hayneedle.com

Laundry Room Ready for Work

laundry room at the Emerson Green Idea House 2016

The compact laundry room is super-functional thanks to built-ins surrounding the washer and dryer, and another wall of cabinets with a countertop for folding clothes on the opposite side of the room. Located on the second floor, the room is convenient to all bedrooms; sliding barn doors make it simple to close the room off from view.

Built-ins: BOJ Construction

Sliding double barn doors: Redi-Prime Shaker-style 8782; Simpson Door Company

Paint: Gray Flannel; Olympic

Lighting: Schoolhouse ceiling fixture; Barn Light Electric Co.

Window treatments: Wendy Bellissimo woven shade in Sutra/Blended; Smith & Noble

Tidy Closet in the Girls’ Bedroom

closet in the girls' bedroom at the Emerson Green Idea House 2016

The pink color scheme of the girls’ bedroom even carries into the closet, with pink storage bins tucked in and around the built-in closet shelving system. The simple recessed-panel door style is consistent throughout the house.

Door: Redi-Prime Door, Shaker Style 8782; Simpson Door Company
Closet organization: Classic Line in white by California Closets, Staci Foley, Design Consultant; 774-270-1115

Garage Wall Storage System

garage wall storage system at the Emerson Green Idea House 2016

Smart use of a garage’s wall surfaces is a great way to keep tools and assorted gear organized and in plain view—and still be able to park the car without maneuvering around obstacles. Here, metal-coated PVC wall panels are securely fastened to stud-mounted metal strips; various hooks make it easy to hang wire baskets, shelves, and bins to stow all the gear. Rolling canvas bins provide a convenient way to transport toys or tools to wherever they are needed.

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