Wilshire Kitchen, Portland (Photo: Matt Niebuhr) transitional-kitchen

Wilshire Kitchen, Portland (Photo: Matt Niebuhr)

Designed for a 1930s Portland, OR home, this kitchen remodel aims for a clean, timeless sensibility without sacrificing the space to generic modernism. Cherry cabinets, Ice Stone countertops and Heath tile add texture and variation in an otherwise sleek, pared down design. A custom built-in bench works well for eat-in breakfasts. Period reproduction lighting, Deco pulls, and a custom formica table root the kitchen to the origins of the home.
All photos by Matt Niebuhr. www.mattniebuhr.com

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ariellegoldman wrote:
Cabinets - What type of wood are the cabinets? Thx
   Comment   March 29, 2013
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what make/model is the hood? thanks!
December 29, 2013 at 9:30AM   
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Howells Architecture + Design, LLC
It's a Thermador. Here's their site: http://www.thermador.com/cooking/ventilation
December 30, 2013 at 10:16AM   
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slwslw wrote:
What color Heath tile? - Did you mix different Heath tile colors and textures, or is just one used here? I know some of their tiles have variations, but can't tell from the photo if this is one tile type or more than one. Thanks!
   Comment   July 18, 2012
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Howells Architecture + Design, LLC
This is just one color--Blue Fog in the Heath Modern Basics line. As you probably know, Heath tiles are handmade and each one is different from the next, even in the same color palette. The effect is very beautiful and artisanal, but you want an excellent tile pro on the job to understand how to work with the variations.
July 21, 2012 at 8:33AM   
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AFTER: Now the two spaces are completely open, yet separate, from each other. "I like that you can work anywhere in it, and be in easy dialogue and eye contact with someone sitting at the breakfast table or dining table," says Howells. Range, hood: Thermador; refrigerator, dishwasher: KitchenAid

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this color cherry cabinet is light enough.
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dull ?
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Heath tile all the way
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heath blue fog
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TIle! Color and shape.
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counters "Alpine white ice stone"
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