Take two avid cooks from California and put them in a craftsman cottage in Seattle and what do you get? A kitchen full of personality and color, designed to combat the long grey Northwestern winters. Mari and Adam have renovation plans, but in the meantime they’re created a cheerful and cozy spot for themselves and the three dogs that make up their family.
The first thing you notice when you walk into Cheyenne’s loft in the SOMA District of San Francisco is the light. It floods through skylights and a bank of west-facing windows in this 1920s industrial building turned condo. The ceilings are high, the palate is white with lots of wood and pops of color, and the style is spare and modern, but the overall effect is welcoming and warm. It feels like the sort of place you want to be.
Sarah and Frank planned to remodel the small, eat-in kitchen when they bought their 1920s Dutch Colonial on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill. It was their contractor’s idea, however, to take over an attached back deck. This allowed them to add a lounge area, with couches and shelves for cookbooks, and French doors leading to the backyard. “Now we pretty much live in here,” says Sarah.
“I am a sucker for old buildings,” Tara says of the 1910 brick apartment building she moved into a year ago. “Give me a little vintage charm and I will overlook a multitude of sins.” The apartment has charm to spare: French doors leading into the kitchen, black and white checkerboard floors, and the original insulated “icebox,” which now serves as her baking pantry.