An Old Carnegie Library Becomes a Beautiful Grey, Wood, and Brick Kitchen

Kitchen Spotlight

In 1910 Andrew Carnegie built a library in Mill Valley, California, one of 2,500 libraries he would build throughout his lifetime. Fifty years later it was converted into a private home, and since then has been remodeled dozens of times. But the latest reinvention may have gotten it just right: one of the rooms is now this stunning modern kitchen! How gorgeous is the slate grey paired with all that wood and brick? See more photos below:

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Designed by Bay Area designer Matt Bear in collaboration with The Last Inch, the team worked to create a "big and bold interior that would encourage creativity." How do you get the look? Try a 16-foot island with Richlite countertops, black walnut cabinets, a hot-rolled steel refrigerator door, and a modular cooktop by Gaggenau Vario.

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The contractor also worked with the existing roof to build a large skylight in the shape of the island below, with large black linen pendant lights that draw attention to the high ceilings.

Beautiful! But is the layout practical for cooking? Give us your thoughts below.

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(Images: Matt Bear for Union Studio via Houzz)

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