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News — Custom Work

The Designing of a Grand, Ornate Window Surround

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By Nick Bell, Senior Designer, White River Hardwoods The White River Design Team is often confronted with key components of projects with multiple constraints. This large set of stacked windows is the focal point of this Pennsylvania home. As you enter through the front door, this grand detail stands on the far side of the room and immediately draws your eye. The site conditions meant that the overall depth had to remain shallow at the base as to not interfere with a nearby opening on the perpendicular wall. These limitations are possible excuses for a poor design. Instead, we used...

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Bringing French Splendour to a Spanish Mediterranean Style Home, Part II: The Study

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By Stewart Allen Morgan, Senior Designer White River Hardwoods In our last visit to San Diego, we explored the foyer of a White River Design Services project which had a lot of style on the exterior, but little on the interior. The client wanted to bring French Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical design elements to their Spanish Mediterranean home. We began with a look at the home’s Foyer. Casing all of the drywall openings and panelling the walls by applying panel moulds directly to the drywall made a big impact on the sparse interior. This was true in the Study as...

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How a Touch of Custom Can Enhance Stock Parts

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By Nick Bell, Senior Designer White River Hardwoods Our default is always to recommend utilizing selections from our thousands of stock products. These are cost effective and cover a wide variety of applications. Most of the above mantel follows this mantra. But for the mantel legs, this customer needed something special. We did not start with custom though. We did several design iterations that had stock products for the legs. Here are two examples. One uses a Mon Reale frieze; the other uses an off the shelf corbel: Neither of these were exactly what the customer wanted. Specifically, she was...

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5 of the Most Haunted Places in America To Find Interior Millwork Inspiration. An Unusually Fun Way to Get in To The “Spirit” of Architectural Mouldings

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The Historic Menger Hotel By Amy Williams, Sales Manager, White River Hardwoods 1. The Historic Menger Hotel – San Antonio, TX Steps from the Alamo, the historic Menger Hotel reigns as the oldest, continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi and is host to generations of guests who take pleasure in its museum-worthy furnishings and architectural grandeur. The Menger is widely known as the “most haunted hotel in Texas,” with a reported 32 ghosts, with claims that President Teddy Roosevelt is the most famous of them all. The Menger is the very hotel where Roosevelt would persuade bar patrons to...

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Custom Carving—Capturing a Taste of India

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By Stewart Morgan, Senior Designer White River Hardwoods Most of the custom carving requests made of White River follow a more Classical architectural pattern: Corinthian capitals, stair newels, finials, etc., primarily in European styles. But one of the more unique requests was for this peacock panel emulating motifs from India. The homeowner wanted to build a door unlike any other. This special door would have two panels: a lower panel containing a large sunflower rosette, and an upper panel containing a carving that she had seen online and with which she had fallen in love. White River was therefore contacted...

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