Roundhouse Project: Library/Lounge, Part 1!


As promised, here are some photos from one room of the St. Paul Roundhouse project, a commercial job for Lark Nest!

As outlined in this earlier post, this is the “family room” for employees at Dependable Home Health Care, a rockin’ for-profit with a great mission statement.
LL2 The business operates from offices in the former Burlington Northern Roundhouse on Empire Drive. Dependable moved into the reclaimed quarters this fall, and painted and furnished some rooms, but had yet to accessorize them. Here’s a “before” shot!


This Momeni wool area rug was one of the first purchases. The orange worked beautifully with the navy couches and touches of spa blue in one or two of the pillows Dependable had already purchased. It united the conversation area and helped to anchor the large bookcases.

The bookcases loomed large and mostly empty. Because this building is a reclaim project, with soaring trusses and exposed brickwork, these industrial spools — sourced at a Minneapolis vintage store — seemed a great way to add color and volume. More on that tomorrow, in a separate post on the bookshelves!LL5

The walls needed finishing touches, too!LL6jpg

I chose this large statement piece from the Fallen Walnut Etsy shop. Made from salvaged wood, it was a perfect foil for the bookcase!

Small accent mirrors painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan (the teal), Cottage Paint (the spa blue) and a Benjamin Moore latex (the coral), all from my inventory, helped set the palette.LL8They enlivened the wall behind the desk!

Here’s the corner before the plant and this fabulous sand mold…LL10jpg

It’s a beauty!LL11

 It gave this wall just the right heft!


Some accessories perked up the desk area — a vintage wire in-tray, a globe and something fun for inside the glass cloche: a tarnished candlestick holding a burnished brass doorknob!


A wooden end table and an orange throw turned this formerly standing-alone wicker armchair into a spot to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.


 The opposite wall has a window, and is anchored by console table.


I used two of three pieces of a triptych  above the console, leaving the space higher on the left open for a flat-screen TV to come, to be used for training videos.LL16

Here’s where the third panel found a home!LL18

 Here it is! Watch for tomorrow’s post on staging these bookcases and shelves! They were done without spending a fortune — the Lark Nest way!


One Response to “Roundhouse Project: Library/Lounge, Part 1!”

  1. Beret Hagen says:

    Out of the bleak and into the chic!! Wow! I love the blast of colors and the “heft”, as you put it, of the industrial pieces.
    Larknest again proves that money and volume aren’t needed to completely transform a room.
    Just vision…

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