Magazine article Sunset

They Remodeled for Efficiency ... and a Lot More Color

Magazine article Sunset

They Remodeled for Efficiency ... and a Lot More Color

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If you're ready for some color in your kitchen, take a tip from two families who abandoned white-on-white for more expressive color schemes. As they remodeled to improve efficiency, comfort, and daylighting, they drew color inspiration from treasured possessions. Red pottery zaps well-ordered space A collection of old pottery inspired the color and style of Eileen and Bruce Drake's kitchen. "We wanted to mesh modern materials and convenience with 1940s design elements," Mrs. Drake says. They enlisted the services of Portland architect John Hasenberg for the remodel. For views and more light, they added a pair of 3 1/2- by 5-foot windows. Overhead, the flat roof didn't allow for recessed lighting, so they mounted 6-inch surface can lights to the 9 1/2-foot-tall ceiling and hung a single pendent light over the eating area. Hasenberg opened up the floor plan by moving the stove to the closed end of the U-shaped 10- by 17-foot kitchen. The 4foot-wide peninsula triples as an informal dining, prep, and service area. Now helpers can share the sink and refrigerator without getting underfoot during cooking. Like the zippy red-and-black backsplash and geometric vinyl flooring, almost all materials were chosen to complement the pottery collection and to hark back to the era of its manufacture. The chrome-legged stools, custom stainless steel surround for a commercial range hood, and stainless pulls all pay homage to a postwar passion for chrome. Vintage stove inspired vibrant color Pat Coleman's wish was "to create a warm gathering place so family and friends can keep me company while I cook. …

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