A kitchen blessed with great bones is a major perk, and the cooking space in Maggie and Derel Finch’s home in Seattle’s historic Capitol I fill neighborhood offered that and more. Bonus features include a walk-In commercial refrigerator, marble countertops, a copper apron-front sink, and a gourmet range. The ornate French Provincial-style cabinets, however, didn’t make the couple’s love-it list. They were a bit fussy for Maggie, who favors a mix of modern and eclectic styles and a light, bright look. “They had an elegance that was beautiful, but it just was not our style,” she says, They also wanted toy truck to the home’s 1919 architecture while providing a backdrop for the funtimes and nonstop action of their family, which includes 9 year-old twins Oliver and Lili, 5-year old Samantha, and two frisky pooches, Ruby and Frida. One thing that wasn’t necessary In the remodel was an island. That's because the 15x25 foot room easily accommodates a 6 1/2-foot long table with enough chairs for everyone. “We wanted to be able to really hang out in the kitchen,” Maggie says. With her vision set, Maggie found a local craftsman to build Shaker-style custom cabinets. “To me, Shaker
depicts the earliest form of modern lines,” she says.
Delicate starlike cutouts in each upper cabinet door
panel lends a retro vibe, while the soft gray paint
finish keeps the look airy. “You don’t have to have an all-white kitchen to have a light, bright look,” says
Maggie, who describes the gray as a “perfect neutral.”
New flooring had the biggest impact. Out went the
rustic stone underfoot, and in came 5 inch wide oak
planks coated with white porch paint and distressed
to give the floor the patina of age.
Ever-v well-planned kitchen needs a focal point, and in this kitchen, the existing gourmet-caliber range and vent hood commanded attention. To bolster the kitchen’s prep zone, Maggie added two dishwashers, freezer drawers, and recycling bins. And for the requisite touch of quirkiness, she brought in dining
chairs painted a high-gloss coral, a color repeated in the adjacent family room.
That pop of unexpected color fits perfectly into
a room that is equal parts casual and elegant—just
the mix Maggie wanted. “We live in the kitchen,” she
says. “When I think back to my best memories—from
making holiday cookies to birthday parties to lazy