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October 16, 2014
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New Zealand home custom kitchen with american oak cabinets and whitened maple floors

New Zealand architect Marc Lithgow custom designed the American oak kitchen cabinets in this renovated brick garage-turned-family home. The floors, and the ceiling above the lounge, are whitened maple. 

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Originally appeared in This Former Garage Is Clutter Free
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open kitchen with earthy color scheme

An old barn in a Beverly Hills canyon inspires a new, clean-lined guesthouse and concert venue. In the kitchen, Walker continued an earthy color scheme. The range and wall oven are by BlueStar, the hood is from Zephyr, and the island is Caesarstone.

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Originally appeared in Wouldn't You Like to Have Your Own Private Concerts at Home?
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lola pittsburgh affordable kitchen quartz countertop pendants ikea cabinets

For this affordable home in Pittsburgh, an architect and his wife selected price-wise details. “The cabinets were a cost-driven solution,” Andrew Moss says. “The kitchen was developed around Ikea cabinet boxes, but we sourced the semi-custom cabinet front panels through an online retailer, 27estore.com.” The range is by Frigidaire and the wall-mounted range hood is by Cavaliere. A pair of Lyra stools by Design Group Italia for Magis round out the space.

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Originally appeared in Cost-Effective Family Home in Pittsburgh
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Modern Toronto kitchen with Bulthaup cabinets

A Toronto couple remodel their home with a special emphasis on a spacious kitchen and a material-rich bathroom. The kitchen features cabinets from Bulthaup’s B3 line and a hearth made of ironspot brick.

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Nathan Dykstra
Originally appeared in A 1930s Tudor Home Brightens Up in Toronto
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Affordable Portland home with Akurum cabinets and maple island in the kitchen

In Portland, Oregon, an industrial designer's house blends economy and simplicity. The kitchen is outfitted with Akurum cabinets from Ikea. The island is also an Ikea cabinet, customized with maple panels to match the flooring.

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Lara Swimmer
Originally appeared in An Industrial Designer's House Blends Economy and Simplicity
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Cannon Beach home gray basalt kitchen island with white oak ceiling

Seeking a respite from the city, a Portland couple create a beachfront getaway on Oregon’s rugged coast. Six-foot slabs of gray basalt tile cover the floors, then creep up the kitchen island and countertops.

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Originally appeared in This Glass House Conquers the Coast
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Modern timber house kitchen with blackbutt wood flooring

A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home. The architects used blackbutt wood for the flooring and Whisper White paint by Dulux throughout the interior. An A110 Hand Grenade Pendant Lamp, by Alvar Aalto for Artek, hangs above the white Carrara marble-topped island.

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Alicia Taylor
Originally appeared in This Kitchen Brings It All Together
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New Zealand home custom kitchen with american oak cabinets and whitened maple floors

New Zealand architect Marc Lithgow custom designed the American oak kitchen cabinets in this renovated brick garage-turned-family home. The floors, and the ceiling above the lounge, are whitened maple. 

Photo by Simon Devitt.

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