Magazine article Sunset

Storage with Style: New Built-In Cabinetry Blends Gracefully with a Home's Existing Design

Magazine article Sunset

Storage with Style: New Built-In Cabinetry Blends Gracefully with a Home's Existing Design

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NOT ENOUGH STORAGE is a complaint shared by homeowners of every stripe. Andrea Chin and Vance Martin were among the frustrated ranks until they learned how additional storage space could blend in with--or even enhance--the overall room design. During the remodel of the 100-year-old Seattle home they share with daughters Abby, 15, and Lily, 12, designer Kevin Price added built-in Shaker-style cabinetry to the living and dining areas and the kitchen, improving their efficiency, spaciousness, and architectural character. "The built-ins give us the storage we need but keep the interior feeling open," Chin says.

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The new cabinetry flanks the living-room fireplace and wraps around a window seat in the dining room. Tucked between the kitchen and dining room is a 4-foot-wide desk that hides clutter behind butterfly doors. "It's my kitchen office and also where the mail and bills get sorted," Chin says. The cabinetry's spare lines are paired with a simple color scheme to unify the spaces while respecting the home's traditional style. The palette includes two shades of green for the cabinetry, creamy white for walls and window trim, and violet as an accent. …

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