Ultra Modern kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities

A kitchen blessed with great bones is a major perk, and

the cooking space in Maggie and Derel Finch’s home

in Seattle’s historic Capitol I fill neighborhood offered

that and more. Bonus features include a walk-In

commercial refrigerator, marble countertops, a copper

apron-front sink, and a gourmet range. The ornate

French Provincial-style cabinets, however, didn’t

make the couple’s love-it list. They were a bit fussy for

Maggie, who favors a mix of modern and eclectic styles

and a light, bright look. “They had an elegance that

was beautiful, but it just was not our style,” she says,

They also wanted toy truck to the home’s 1919

architecture while providing a backdrop for the (un

times and nonstop action of their family, which

includes 9•vear-old twins Oliver and Lili, 5-year.old

Samantha, and two frisky pooches, Ruby and Frida.

One thing that wasn’t necessary In the remodel was

an island. That’s because the 15×25 foot room easily

accommodates a 6 1/2-foot long table with enough

chairs for everyone. “We wanted to be able to real iv

hang out in the kitchen,” Maggie says.

With her vision set, Maggie found a local craftsman

to build Shaker-style custom cabinets. “To me, Shaker

depicts the earliest form of modern lines,” she says.

Delicate starlike cutouts in each upper cabinet door

panel lends a retro vibe, while the soft gray paint

finish keeps the look airy. “You don’t have to have an

all-white kitchen to have a light, bright look,” says

Maggie, who describes the gray as a “perfect neutral.”

New flooring had the biggest impact. Out went the

rustic stone underfoot, and in came 5 inch wide oak

planks coated with white porch paint and distressed

to give the floor the patina of age.

Ever-v well-planned kitchen needs a focal point, and

in this kitchen, the existing gourmet-caliber range

and vent hood commanded attention. To bolster the

kitchen’s prep zone, Maggie added two dishwashers,

freezer drawers, and recycling bins. And for the

requisite touch of quirkiness, she brought in dining

chairs painted a high-gloss coral, a color repeated in

the adjacent family room.

That pop of unexpected color fits perfectly into

a room that is equal parts casual and elegant—just

the mix Maggie wanted. “We live in the kitchen,” she

says. “When I think back to my best memories—from

making holiday cookies to birthday parties to lazy

Sunday mornings-all of them are in this kitchen.”

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