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January 12, 2015
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By eliminating walls and incorporating a series of interior gardens, architect José Roberto Paredes creates an eclectic and inspired El Salvador beach house. In the kitchen, rough-hewn materials like a eucalyptus-log-and-thatch roof offset the monolithic concrete island and glossy subway tile backsplash. Claudia & Harry Washington built the vivid wooden sliding walls, which are inspired by the palm leaves that change color and create diagonal patterns in trees near the house. The bar stools were a street market discovery.

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Originally appeared in Bursts of Yellow and Indoor Gardens Are Just Two Reasons to Love This Home
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"This is the Beauvoir House, located in Las Flores Canyon in Malibu," says Bolander. "The color was influenced by the color of the new growth on the chaparral that surrounds the house. The house and kitchen are both very small; the house is about 1600 squ

The surrounding, rolling landscape of this Malibu home influenced designer Bruce Bolander’s use of green on the cabinets and appliances in this kitchen.

Originally appeared in Bruce Bolander on Kitchen Design
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Katz residence stairs concrete portrait

Gregory Katz proves that three times is a charm with his trio of concrete homes, which challenge the status quo in this quiet Johannesburg suburb. The kitchen shines in a bright yellow. Photo by: Elsa Young

Originally appeared in Prepare to be Floored
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Wolf microwave in New Jersey renovated kitchen

In northern New Jersey, a cramped kitchen is reborn as a welcoming space for cooking and entertaining. Decked out in a subtle yellow, the kitchen houses a Wolf drawer microwave tucked unobtrusively under the counter in the display island.

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Originally appeared in Cramped Kitchen Transformed Into an Inviting Hub
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Torres Residence kitchen with red cabinetry.

This house in Carmel-by-the-Sea is enlivened by its very red kitchen cabinetry. By knocking down a dividing wall, the architects opened the kitchen up to the rest of the living space. IKEA red lacquer cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops replace dingy cupboards and old-fashioned finishes. Stainless steel appliances help ground the airy, open space.

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Originally appeared in This Used to Be a 1970s Relic with a Woodpecker Problem
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a view of the kitchen from the open-concept dining room

Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house near San Diego features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of space for an extended family to relax. Finished in a dark wood, the kitchen features white metal countertops and shelving. A white pendant light, white sheer curtain and a white wall tie the interior design scheme in with the home's exterior palette.

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Originally appeared in Sustainable, Solar-Powered Family Retreat in California
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Midcentury renovated kitchen with orange countertops

Orange you glad the owners of this midcentury house updated by Webber + Studio, Architects went with a bold hue for their kitchen countertops? Past the front door and a short hallway lies an expansive living, dining, and kitchen space.

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Andrea Calo
Originally appeared in Renovated Midcentury Home in Austin Doubles Square Footage
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"This kitchen cabinets are finished with flat lacquer as none of the laminate colors worked with the house’s color/material palette and the client had a bit of an aversion to laminate. The countertops are a material that is used for science lab tops. Very

Bolander strikes again in this house on the Venice canals in California. "This kitchen cabinets are finished with flat lacquer as none of the laminate colors worked with the house’s color/material palette and the client had a bit of an aversion to laminate," he says. "The countertops are a material that is used for science lab tops. Very durable and a great solidity but frankly not very forgiving to work with."

Originally appeared in Bruce Bolander on Kitchen Design
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modern beach house thatch roof kitsch concrete island sliding door

By eliminating walls and incorporating a series of interior gardens, architect José Roberto Paredes creates an eclectic and inspired El Salvador beach house. In the kitchen, rough-hewn materials like a eucalyptus-log-and-thatch roof offset the monolithic concrete island and glossy subway tile backsplash. Claudia & Harry Washington built the vivid wooden sliding walls, which are inspired by the palm leaves that change color and create diagonal patterns in trees near the house. The bar stools were a street market discovery.

Photo by Jason Bax.

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