bamboo and beach glass

The owners of this space have an artful sensibility, making pottery and collecting driftwood and beach glass. Seaside colors are echoed in the the mosaic tile and paint choices. The clients requested bamboo cabinets for its sustainability, and chose a soapstone countertop. Cork flooring was a natural choice to coordinate with the honey tones of the cabinets and adjacent oak floors.

Also see the before and after video.


Above, to better frame sight lines, we built this arched opening to the kitchen (which echoes existing arched doorways). The impulse to open up spaces is natural, but can lead to inelegant ends on cabinet runs (see the before-and-after video at the link above for a demonstration). Like a garden, rooms can actually feel larger when visually separated, to create a sense of “something beyond.” It’s counterintuitive, but imagine the difference between a long narrow yard that you see all at once, versus a view that is framed by a trellis or hedge.

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Above, a steel light rail was fabricated to match the steel visor hood.

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Above, the kitchen had always been wired for speakers, now set behind a mesh door over the fridge.

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Above, more lift-up doors over the microwave serve as the liquor cabinet.
Below, a doorway in the end wall of the dining room was closed off so we could install a long cabinet and floating shelves to show off the owner’s pottery. The dark blue color matches an accent wall in the adjacent living room and the tiled window wall of the kitchen at the opposite end of the space. We used one of my favorite sconces in each corner of this room: $8 black jelly jar lights!