"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Nook of One's Own

Virginia Woolf believed every woman should have a "room" of her own, but most women I know would be very happy with a dedicated nook -especially one like Lisa McCarthy's cleverly designed space in Long Beach, CA.

 Located just off the kitchen, the 64-square-foot nook serves as both sanctuary and command central for the busy Mom-Teacher-Green Team founder and her family of five.  

In keeping with McCarthy's eco-sensibilities, her talented husband paneled the nook with a patchwork of salvaged shelving (and original labels!) from a local bookstore that was closing its doors.

The glass slider door, previously used for the home's back entrance, is repurposed here to create a quiet retreat (while still allowing mom to keep an eye on the action).

The "Green Hardwood" flooring is engineered Siberian Oak by Provenza Floors and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to be made of sustainable materials. Think: "Real wood on top, engineered layers underneath."

Storage in the nook was also carefully considered and Lisa admits, the printer drawer complete with additional paper storage is one of her favorite features. 

Details include a vintage French overhead light (a frugal fleamarket find!) and faceted glass drawer pulls found on clearance at Anthropologie. Score! Wall color is Benjamin Moore's Weimaraner.

Lisa says at first she worried the nook might be claustrophobic, "but in the end, it is just the right size. There is plenty of room for me, my books, my thoughts and my work...and yet brilliantly too small to fit all my children in here with me...It helps tremendously to have two windows that let in natural light and a view of the trees beyond to help me breathe."


  1. This is so neat to see. It all looks so FABULOUS!

  2. Thanks, Alana! And you're right -it is fabulous! We should all have a nook!

  3. Great space! Looks very functional and modern, while remaining warm and filled with character! BRAVO!

  4. I just adore this kitchen...love the reclaimed wood and the clean feel. Beautiful!


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