Amy Cuker, MBA, LEED AP
Interior Designers & Decorators
Office Alcove in Philly Rowhouse contemporary-home-office

Office Alcove in Philly Rowhouse

This Philadelphia row house formerly had a second kitchen in an alcove off the den. The homeowners wanted to create a comfortable environment to work and read. Storage under the bench and in the shelving unit holds office supplies, hanging files, gift wrap, and arts and crafts supplies for the kids. Tangerine paint along back of shelves makes books and nicknacks pop. Modern swivel chairs are stylish and comfortable. Desk is made from salvaged indonesian teak with a live edge. The slab turns the corner to continue through bookcase unit for continuity and flair.

photo by Kyle Born

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yingflorida wrote:
Where did you get the lumber for the desk? Does it need to be treated?
   Comment   August 18, 2013
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Amy Cuker, MBA, LEED AP
The wood is recycled Indonesian Teak from Impact Imports in Philadelphia. The carpenter is the one who would know if it was treated - you can reach Lance at Togo Construction at (215) 219-9923 . Thanks for your interest, Amy
August 22, 2013 at 8:10AM     
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1. Just because LEED designers are green doesn't mean they sacrifice style. Remember, a LEED interior designer was an interior designer first and chose to further his or her training to become a LEED accredited professional — so you can expect the same level of taste and professionalism as from any other design pro."I like to point out to my clients that first and foremost, you have to make design decisions that are practical for you and your family," says Cuker. "Reuse or repurpose items that are still workable, and when buying new items, buy items that are high quality and timeless. If something is not practical or falls apart or goes out of style, I don’t care what percent of its contents were recycled, or whether it came from a certified forest. It’s still heading for a landfill a lot sooner than a well-made piece whose style is enduring. In this way being a good LEED designer does not actually differ from just being a really good, thoughtful interior designer, period."

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