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Before and After: Creative preservation

A creative update preserves the character of a great 1930s Oakland home

Cooking area after
Photos by Thomas J. Story; styling by Miranda Jones; 

Cooking area: After

Island added: It increases counter space and allows for a prep sink beyond the main farmhouse sink.

Cabinet doors subtracted: “If a door’s closed,” says Jamie, “I have a tendency to forget things are there.”


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