Time to Party

A dark, secluded kitchen got the makeover it needed to get the party started.

By Allison Lind
Photography by Rachel Olsson

0506_timetopartyTHE CHALLENGE:

Mitchell Chapman and Russell Powell love hosting dinner parties, but the kitchen of their early-1900s cottage-style home was no place for guests to congregate. With outdated d├ęcor and walls that cut it off from the rest of the house, this kitchen needed to refresh its wardrobe, open up and join the party.

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THE SOLUTION:

Dick Pope from Creative Kitchen & Bath created a flowing entertaining space by removing the wall that separated kitchen and dining room. In its place, a new counter makes a distinction between cooking and dining spaces but allows the room to be open and inviting. A bar on the dining-room side provides additional seating. Cabinets of zebrawood (an environmentally friendly veneer made from African trees) make a bold design statement. Other finishes, such as the soft-green granite counters and coppery-brown wall paint, warmly complement the wood and echo the colors of a magnolia tree outside the kitchen window.

Design Details

Interior Designer:
Dick Pope, Creative Kitchen & Bath
(425) 672-3313,

Contractors: Creative Kitchen & Bath

DESIGN TIPS:

New, larger windows start lower on the walls, bringing in more light and offering a better view out.

The polished granite counter tops reflect more light into the room, even in winter.

Linoleum was traded for warm-hued hardwood flooring, used throughout for continuity.

Do you have a Room for Improvement?

Send before-and-after shots, along with SASE, to Room for Improvement, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, 1221 E. Pike St., Suite 305, Seattle, WA 98122.