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Erica Blawat on May 27, 2020

This stunning 1920’s Tudor kitchen remodel is defined by design collaboration, thoughtful space planning, and selections that are not only beautiful but honor the age of the home.  

Senior Associate Erica Blawat worked with local interior designer Dawn Reeves of Dawn Reeves Design from start to finish to re-envision the space. The previously remodeled kitchen not only ignored the original Tudor character of the rest of the home, but also lacked essential storage and workspace.  The old cabinetry awkwardly divided the room while blocking much of the natural light.  Removing a dividing cabinetry wall - while also closing a doorway to a back hallway - solved these problems:  it doubled the size of the kitchen, created an efficient work triangle, and flooded the space with natural light. 

Referencing the vintage character and details throughout the historic home, they created three striking “modern Tudor” visual focal points that are both practical and cohesive with the aesthetic of the home. 

1. A symmetrical range wall with a handmade tile backsplash is flanked by matching stained rift white oak cabinets concealing the refrigerator on one side and a pantry cabinet with a hidden microwave on the other. 

2. New glass and brass shelves suspended in front of the windows create a delicate backdrop that offers open shelf storage while allowing in abundant natural light and tree-lined views without changing the architectural integrity of the home. 

3.  modest butcher block peninsula is perfectly situated at the center of the kitchen and provides a generous multiple-use work surface for food prep, dining, and remote home office (and e-learning functions during this unusual time -who knew!)   

From the stained wood beams and new wood flooring, to the vintage-style fixtures and tiled walls, the new interior finishes are seamlessly integrated into the historic home’s original finishes and details while also honoring the lifestyle and taste of today’s homeowner.