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A sturdy bookcase replaced the philodendrons.

Tired of babying her scrawny philodendrons, Hildy Manley all but abandoned the built-in planter box along one side of the entry in her Tiburon, California, house. As a result, a trellis of vertical 2-by-2s, originally meant to support the climbing vines, became a jarring eyesore. "I felt as if I lived in a jail," Mrs. Manley commented. To update the entire 1950s space, interior designer Marianne Myers opened up the second-story entry and adjacent hallway. First, she designed a 33-inch-high bookcase to replace the planter and trellis above the stairwell. Because the bookcase covers the same area that the planter did, there was no need to take out or add to the wood flooring. Next, Myers removed a nonstructural louvered wall in the hall and replaced it with a second, shallower bookcase for paperbacks and knickknacks. The case stops 14 inches shy of the ceiling, allowing daylight from two large picture windows to spill over the top. Track lights replaced a single ceiling fixture in the hallway. New wood trim around doorways and on the bookcases was stained to match the original redwood-paneled walls. Then, to further brighten the space, old and new surfaces alike were coated with whitewash, which was wiped off to let the grain show through.
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Date:May 1, 1990
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