Kitchen Before & After: An Outdated Kitchen Gets a Rich, Warm Makeover

Professional Kitchen Remodel

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Holly and Magda are both avid cooks, but the outdated kitchen in their 1909 foursquare house in NE Portland just wasn't cutting it. When they decided to renovate, they knew they didn't want a "conventionally attractive" (read: all white) kitchen, but rather something befitting their love of mid-century modern design and richly colored wood.

With the help of Michael Howells of Howells Architecture + Design, their newly redesigned kitchen is absolutely stunning — rich, warm, and a vast improvement over what was there before. See what this kitchen looks like now:

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Beautiful and unexpected! The wood and dark chocolate tiles (placed vertically!) make the space feel cozy and luxurious. Here's what Howells Architecture + Design tells us about the renovation:

The existing kitchen was dated, poorly functioning and had generic finishes and fixtures... [Designer] Michael Howells took as his inspiration the owners’ love of midcentury modern design and conceived of a bold new scheme, upholstering the kitchen with luxurious natural materials. The architect-designed cabinets are richly textured Oregon walnut (aka Western Walnut), the tile is a reflective gunmetal gray by Heath Ceramics, and the counters are white quartzite.
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To ensure the new kitchen didn’t feel disconnected from the rest of the house, Howells covered the floors in oak to match the adjacent rooms. The dark finishes, while beautiful, had the potential to make the kitchen feel too dark, so the design firm made sure the space was extremely well lit with skylights, under-cabinet lighting, and a Glo-Ball pendant.
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Gorgeous job. (And clearly Holly and Magda love it, too!)

Thanks so much for sharing, Amanda!

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(Image credits: Anna M. Campbell for Howells Architecture + Design)

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