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This room sits at the end of a long corridor through which you pass the laundry room, home office and dining room. While technically feasible, a standard swing door would have complicated the room. As a matter of clearance, a door swinging into a small space always limits a furnishing plan. To have one here would have shrunk our area rug, taking more than one notch of comfort out of the den. A sliding door was chosen.

Barry Calhoun

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To prevent the TV from looking conspicuous, we panelled the wall around it in millwork. This brings harmony to the elements on the wall and prevents the television from the being the first thing you see in the room – one of design’s cardinal sins.

Barry Calhoun

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In this home, white provided powerful contrast to the textures of the room’s primary materials. The waxed glow of the wide-plank floors, the dappled glaze of the hallway’s porcelain tile, the rich grain of the barn door – all are enhanced by the bright negative space white provides.

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Rather than standard pull-knobs, recessed hardware was used on the cabinet doors, each pull articulating a stainless-steel square on the front of each door.

Barry Calhoun

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