Irvington Café Kitchen

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Irvington Café Kitchen

Kitchen + Breakfast Room Remodel in Portland, OR

After completing an attic and basement remodel for this client, we had the joy of designing an exuberant, light-filled kitchen + breakfast room in their historic Irvington home.

The space was inspired by the owners' Scandinavian heritage, as well as by a café they love in Europe. Bookshelves in the kitchen and breakfast room make for easy lingering over a snack and something to read. Terrace doors provide access to the deck and back yard, which we also had the pleasure of redesigning.

“Our new kitchen is a dream, with room for everything—and everyone—we love. On a gray day, there's nothing better than hanging out with a cup of coffee and a book or the newspaper, surrounded by cheerful colors. ”

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Booklovers' tile

The kitchen's literary theme extends into the tile pattern. Stacked 3" x 9" tile echoes spines on a bookshelf, and give a subtle nod to the author who cooks here.

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A wall of built-in bookshelves

Lined at one side with bookshelves, the kitchen has ample room for cookbooks, literature, crockery, and tchotchkes, while ensuring precious objects are far from heat and moisture.

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Books for breakfast

Floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves make a library of the breakfast room.

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Breakfast room with a view

A Saarinen marble-topped tulip table centers the breakfast room, with a view of the newly renovated deck beyond the terrace doors.

General Contractor: ReCraft Home Remodeling

Photographer: Laurie Black