The Tale of a Credenza Bookshelf Thingy

Hey guys.  Thanks so much for all the supportive and sweet comments about the custom furniture we created for the Gentleman’s Bachelor Pad.  Part of the reason I love blogging so much is for the feedback and general cheerleading other design lovers generously give.  I actually learn more as I share my own process.  So thank YOU for helping me grow as a designer and giving me a big head while I do it.  Wink Wink.

A lot of you have asked about the custom pieces, so I thought I would share a brief behind the scenes glimpse.  Today it’s the credenza and I’ll break down Dad’s coffee table after the big finale on Wednesday.

I have never been as intimately involved with a piece of furniture as this bookshelf credenza.  I saw it from conceptualization, to scaled drawings, material selection,   welding, sanding, more welding, staining, delivery and finally styling.  Let me be clear- I in no way built this shelf- that was all George.  But I got to be involved in the process every step of the way from weld placement to stain thickness.  I think you respect a piece a lot more when you know where it came from and all the decisions that went into creating it.  That’s the truth for me, at least.  So here is a brief tale of the credenza bookshelf thingy.  Can you tell I don’t know what to call it?

conceptual rendering of credenza

pile of steel

cutting steal

1st welding step

joining Ts

credenza face

side frames of shelves

frame assembled

cutting sanding staining shelves

credenza fully assembled

initial shelf styling

The handsome fella you see in the pics is designer and furniture-maker, George Coldren.  He was great to work with and totally handled my nitpicking and deadline stressing like a pro.  We’ve finished the final shelf styling and art arranging and I cannot wait to show it to you guys!!

Please don’t forget to tune into the Gentleman’s Bachelor Pad Finale on Wednesday.  I’m real proud of this one and I’m looking forward to hearing what resonates with you.

  1. love how this turned out!

  2. Sandra

    Looks amazing!

    I bet a bunch of folks would love to be able to purchase it. :-)

  3. It looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the final reveal!

  4. Ashley

    This is amazing and just goes to show just how much thought and work goes into a custom piece. Without revealing the actual cost, can you tell us how a custom piece like this compares to, say, a credenza-bookshelf-thingy purchased at Crate and Barrel, West Elm, etc? I’m intrigued by the possibility but worry it would be totally cost-prohibitive.

  5. Emily C

    Hi Naomi! I’m so happy all the success you’ve gotten in the design world as well as blogging world. you truly deserve it. the talent is DEFINITELY there, but also you are approachable, and interact with your commenters, which I think goes a long way. this bachelor project has been awesome to follow along. cannot wait to see your wednesday post!!! stay awesome. xo

    • Naomi

      Thanks so much, Emily!!

  6. Monika

    Hmmm. I want George to come over my house and spank one of these thingies up for me. It’s magic! And I’m in awe of you as a designer and George as an executor. Fine job and collaboration!

    • Naomi

      Oh man, I feel the pressure!

  7. Kim Macumber

    Custom furniture is so PERFECT! It is scary to some, but it is truly the correct answer for so MANY!! xo

  8. You have grown so much… little tears are swimming around in my eyeballs. Dude, YOU ARE DESIGNING FURNITURE!

    So exciting!

    • Naomi

      Thanks, Boo ;)

  9. That little peek at styling makes the piece come alive. I love how condensed some of the books are, juxtaposed to the airy openness of the large cubic volumes, and the leggy steel. Lovely. Wish I had a George of my own… or a Naomi.

  10. jackie

    what a gorgeous piece! i would love to have some custom furniture myself one day!
    — jackie @ jade and oak

  11. Carol

    Credenza bookshelf thingy sounds like a name I would give :)
    It looks gorgeous and functional. Kudos to you and to George !

  12. Mary Jo

    Gorgeous piece! Can’t wait to see the rest. And who needs styling when you have George to throw into the pics, lol.

    xo Mary Jo

  13. Leslie

    Love this piece…. like how it enables you to layer stuff pretty funkily because objects are, by the nature of this piece, staggered. Very cool!

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