Condo makeover

Clever storage solutions, color, and materials
give a dated interior personality and warmth

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  • A creamy white (Bridal Veil from Behr Paints W-D-600) forms the backdrop for the rich warm hue and pattern of mahogany cabinetry. Jerusalem Gold limestone slab counters and the stainless steel of the island and cabinet pulls add brightness and sparkle.

    Condo makeover

    John Granen

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Kitchen hangout

The makeover began with tearing out old carpeting, restoring the white oak floors, and bathing most rooms in a creamy white that warms Seattle's often gray daylight. Select walls in the entry hall and dining room add punchy modern accents of orange-red and cinnamon brown against the traditional white molding and trim.

The kitchen got a complete overhaul. "It's small, but we located things carefully so we're not backing into the stove or refrigerator," Barr says. Instead of a fixed center island, he set a commercial-grade steel table on casters and "just shoved appliances and work areas to the sides, giving us a big counter space. That's how to make a small kitchen feel much larger."

Above the gas range, a horizontal window creates visual head space and throws light into the hallway. The couple splurged on a solid mahogany wall cabinet of Barr's design to hold utensils, dishware, and their cherished collection of ceramic art.

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