Gwen + Andy
This 1920s house isn't short on charm, but the circulation between the kitchen, dining room, and breakfast nook made it awkward for family living.
To maximize usable kitchen "real estate," we closed off a redundant entry to the back staircase, creating vital counter space between the fridge and range. At the nook, we widened the opening for ease of access and designed a built-in bench to make for easy casual dining and a space for the kids to do crafts and projects. Matched oak flooring unifies new spaces and old.
Kitchen finishes strike a balance between past and present: honed black granite countertops are durable and evoke a classic American feel. Handmade gray-blue tile adds texture and visual interest. Kitchen cabinets are painted white with the faintest hint of gray, whereas walls are off-set in a paper-white for a clean, modern finish. Lighting and hardware by Portland's own Cedar & Moss and Rejuvenation, respectively, add some local polish.