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Katie Aliprando, Benjamin Carlson, Buck Ellison, Elif Erkan, FLAME, Luchita Hurtado Mullican, Autumn Ramsey, Mark A. Rodriguez, Eric Sidner, Matt Siegle, Paul Pascal Theriault
Jane and Greg built their Northern California home when they had three small children and a fourth on the way.
“We were in a very different stage of life,” says Jane, now an interior designer and feng shui consultant. Back then, practicality was paramount. Plain white cabinetry, laminate counters, and sheet-vinyl flooring weren’t pretty, but they got the job done for a lot of years. When the cabinet doors started coming unhinged, the Ellisons knew it was time to remodel.
Their new kitchen, in contrast, is a natural beauty with brains. The room’s understated palette is driven by organic materials – mahogany, rare African bubinga wood, maple, stainless steel, and cork.
“Especially in rooms where there will be lots of activity, calmer hues can make a space live larger,” Jane says. Raising the roof helps, too. In a significant structural change, the formerly eight-foot-high ceiling now rises to ten feet and incorporates a large skylight.
“It creates breathing room,” Jane says.
– “Thinking Beauty,” Heather Lobdell. ELLE Décor, September/October 2004