When a space calls for warmth, character, even comfort, the go-to element is often wood. Its versatility coupled with an innate natural feel make wood a timeless choice for surfaces and decor. That’s what led Hilliard homeowners Annie and Matt Arthur to work with Alex and Lindsay Remley, owners of Edgework Creative, a millwork and metal fabrication shop specializing in furniture located in Grandview, to create custom woodwork designs for their updated and expanded 1940s “fishing cottage” on the Scioto River.
“This house lends itself to an earthy feel and custom finishes,” explains Annie. “It was a great opportunity to use Edgework Creative.”
Appearing throughout the home in various forms, custom wood pieces illustrate the breadth of both Annie’s imagination and the craftsmanship of Edgework Creative. Lindsay says, “Annie has great vision, she will have something in her head, and our job is to work with her to bring it to life. We’re passionate about creating pieces using quality materials that are designed to tell a story.”
Rich and reclaimed
For instance, in the spacious European-style kitchen where the couple entertains family and friends regularly, Annie wanted a countertop with a less formal and more natural look. Edgework Creative crafted an island top from reclaimed oak, with its rich depth evoking a warm and inviting feel into the heart of the Arthurs’ home. Barstools from Edgework Creative’s custom line of furniture offer casual seating and complete the look with handcrafted black metal bases and wood seats.
The kitchen’s cozy nook with built-in seating and picturesque views beckoned for a table with an organic feel. Alex designed the original piece with a smooth reclaimed wood top, bullnose edges and a black base with similar lines as the barstools. The custom table artfully ties the nook with the kitchen while offering a more intimate seating area.
Other custom wood pieces created extend the organic ambiance of the home, including a rustic mantel in the dining room along with benches that mimic the look of existing chairs. In the entryway, an oversized mirror with custom wood trim adds distinction and dimension to this high traffic walkway of the home.
The front porch swing was a work in progress as Annie experimented to find the right thing for the space. “I tried chairs and an iron bench, but nothing was doing it for me,” she remembers. “I wanted a swing, but needed something that would fill the space.” Edgework Creative designed a front-facing daybed swing that hit the mark for an appealing visual feature and an inviting place to land. “There’s always someone out there taking a nap,” Annie remarks.
Creating a home that expresses their sense of casual, comfortable family style is what the Arthurs enjoy doing, and adding custom wood features has been a big part of that. Annie concludes, “I’ve never worked with designers before because the design for me is the fun part. It’s my favorite kind of distraction from my busy life. But I can tell Edgework Creative what I want and we work together to make it happen.”
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Article by Susan Zingraf/Photos by Daniel Feldkamp
Article originally appeared in Housetrends Columbus – October/November 2019