Question: My home office is just off the living room and the door is often open. What do you suggest to make the entry more attractive?
--J.F., Portland, OR
Answer: There are a number of ways to embellish your entry. A quick change would be to replace the doorknob with an antique example such as amethyst glass or intricate brass. If the decor of the living room permits, you might paint the door--sage green or even fire engine red. Or remove the door and the hinges altogether and install a small curtain rod to support a thick drape. A beautiful tieback is a nice finishing touch. A unique faux bookcase opens to reveal Nancy Laboz's home office. To construct it, a previous homeowner applied narrow "shelves" to the surface of a door, sawed off the spines of out-of-date reference books, and pasted them above the shelves. If your door can support it, make shelves deep enough to create a real bookcase.
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