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Kitchen before
Kitchen Before

This small kitchen is in the center of a small house. The house had been lovingly and artistically updated over the years, but the owners were waiting for the right time to tackle the kitchen. The budget was tight, but the owners had a lot of energy for carefully considering every detail and the contractor, Steve Coleman, was the perfect fit. He had the skill and the patience to accomplish it all.

Most of the cabinet boxes are standard IKEA with the faces upgraded by Steve. The mahogany corner shelves and the refrigerator side panel and upper cabinet are custom made. The cabinet kick and the end panel are zinc with patina. (The end panel has steel behind the zinc so that it is magnetic for displaying pictures) The dark metal kick is quite visible from the entry and livingroom…but by visible I mean it actually nicely disappears into the shadows. Fluorescent recessed lights and dated dining table lighting have been upgraded beautifully. The deep window at the sink got a splash of pale yellow with vertical white tiles below. The range side got a bright red tiled backsplash. The improved below counter storage allowed for the elimination of the cabinets surrounding the cooking area. The range and dishwasher were saved, but a new taller and shallower refrigerator improves the space. The long counter on the sink side is 6 inches deeper than normal which yields more counter space for working and for objects such as toasters and fruit baskets. (Some objects were removed for the photoshoot)

Now all they need is some art on the white walls!

Photos by Nancy Kalter Dills

Architect and owners in the finished kitchen

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The builder sent me these first 4 snapshots…hopefully I’ll be able to photograph the finished project soon.


Zinc sheet with patina

Zinc panel installed

mahogony triangle shelves in the corner – lots of storage, clean and simple, counter still open for work

red heath tile backsplash behind the range (existing range to remain)


Another kitchen with a new very simple refrigerator side panel and high cabinet to hide the cereal boxes. The side panel is a great spot for a pot rack!

And another with a very simple under counter microwave



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The photographer is capturing the mix of shiny and matte Heath tiles in the hearth surround that makes a subtle pattern. (Only visible when the light is at the right angle)

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My Rockridge project is getting finishing touches slowly but surely. These are just quick snapshots of things I am excited about.

Teak Bench, Glass tiles, stone floor

Teak Shower bench with glass tile walls and stone tile floor

Fir Barn Door

Fir Barn Door



Tin Ceiling Tiles


Colorful diningroom

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A while back I visited this cute little cottage in Oakland. The couple living there had been told by the landlord that it was designed by Julia Morgan. I couldn’t find any proof of this, so I delayed publishing my photos in hopes that I could find the proof. Now I just want to share some of the pictures regardless of who designed it.

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Something to be said for keeping it simple.

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We did a bit of rearranging in our apartment this summer. The chimney and hearth have been screaming replace me since I moved in.  The closet behind them was also not very functional – very deep with a small door, so not very efficient storage.  Now the closet is very efficiently laid out to store the vacuum and brooms and other cleaning tools, and the litter box fits nicely behind the stove with a private cat door at the back. The stove is now recessed into the wall leaving room for a generous raised hearth and a clear pathway to the kitchen beyond. I took pictures of most of the steps.

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Cashier station and glass partition wall

Oval shaped bench (built by Eby Construction) – Salvaged antique barber stations beyond

Handicap accessible changing room

New handicap accessible entry

The owner of this shop is responsible for most of the salvaged and rustic aesthetic. Deeds design assisted with the technicalities and accessibility issues and helped keep the permit process moving along so they could open on time.

(Photos by Pete Trachy & Sarah Deeds)

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We are going to make a nice tile table

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Emma Lee Photograph via Remodelista

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The before shots of this custom kitchen are here.  It was an enjoyable design process with a creative and very involved client.

This is a view of the kitchen from the entry hall

Warm glow of orange glass pendant lights

Iridescent orange and gold accent tiles are like music notes in the field of white rectangles

Shimmering figured ash cabinetry with simple mortised drawer pulls (Freedman and Chesley Custom Cabinets)

Close-up of the beautiful solid ash curved bar top (also by Freedman and Chesley, Emeryville, CA)

Custom designed cabinetry to fit the client’s tansu pieces

Intersection of black, white, and warm wood (the black Paperstone countertop matches the tv cabinet across the room)

Laundry and pantry are conveniently close at hand behind a subtle white-painted pocket door

Architect and client in the new kitchen!

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