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Kitchen of the Week: A Zesty Colorblocked Cook Space (and Bath), Before + After

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Kitchen of the Week: A Zesty Colorblocked Cook Space (and Bath), Before + After

May 9, 2024

It was during a tour of the boldly color-blocked Gilardi House in Mexico City—designed by Luis Barragán for ad exec Francisco Gilardi—that today’s homeowners, a pair of former Brooklynites, knew they’d found the inspiration for their own place. They knew they wanted to capture something of the bright swaths of color covering walls and ceilings and the “sense of serenity”, even in the city.

Back in their new home city of Portland, Oregon, the couple enlisted Casey Keasler of design firm Casework to transform the kitchen and bath of their grand 1884 Italianate Victorian home with a Barragán color palette in mind. It’s less of a clash than you might think: Have a look at the bright results (and scroll down for a look at the decidedly less inspired space before).

Photography courtesy of Casework.

After

the former apartment dwellers did much of the work in the house themselves, pee 17
Above: The former apartment dwellers did much of the work in the house themselves, peeling off old wallpaper and painting, but enlisted Casey for the bigger projects of bath and kitchen. The kitchen layout was largely functional and, with the exception of uncovering another door to the bath (at left), it was left as is.
checkered patterns are in (see: trend alert), and the team chose this classic c 18
Above: Checkered patterns are in (see: Trend Alert), and the team chose this classic checkered tile from Ann Sacks as a nod to old European floors for this French-born client. The countertops and backsplash are soapstone.
most notable is the zesty palette: the custom cabinets by maple key cabinetry a 19
Above: Most notable is the zesty palette: The custom cabinets by Maple Key Cabinetry are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Forest Green; the integrated pulls are done in a surprising highlighter shade: Prismatic Powders’ Rebel Yellow. The countertop lamp is from Menu (now Audo Copenhagen).
for their clients (one of whom is 6&#8\2\17;7&#8\243;), the casework te 20
Above: For their clients (one of whom is 6’7″), the Casework team designed certain elements accordingly: “a range hood surround with curved corners to eliminate the chance of a bumped head,” for example, and a taller island, too. The sink is by Elkay and the faucet is Brizo.
all of the existing appliances were saved and used in the new kitchen; the subz 21
Above: All of the existing appliances were saved and used in the new kitchen; the Subzero fridge blends in thanks to matching green panels.
the walls are painted in sherwin williams&#8\2\17; highly reflective white. 22
Above: The walls are painted in Sherwin Williams’ Highly Reflective White.
a detail of the recessed drawer pulls. 23
Above: A detail of the recessed drawer pulls.
the team revamped the adjoining guest bath, too: the walls are benjamin moore&a 24
Above: The team revamped the adjoining guest bath, too: The walls are Benjamin Moore’s Jamestown Blue, with floors tiled in patterned encaustic tile from Clé. The original clawfoot bath was given a new look with pitch black powder-coated feet; the black light fixture is by In Common With.

Before

the very dated kitchen, before. 25
Above: The very dated kitchen, before.

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