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. A gut renovation improved overall flow and function, and brought in a fresh palette of materials and tones to update the space.
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.