A keen regard for period details by a Seattle homeowner resulted in this 1920s kitchen design.

By Donna Pizzi

“Nothing drives me crazier than an old house that screams ‘remodeled’ . . . I wanted this kitchen to look as if it were original, with a few newer amenities.” That was homeowner Amy Pelly’s intention as she approached redesigning the kitchen in her 1925 Seattle bungalow. Interior designer and former colleague Toni McKeel helped lay out the kitchen based on Amy’s list of core elements: classic checkerboard flooring, a vintage stove and sink, and period cabinets.

Architect Bob Fong pressed for an 11' bump-out addition behind the kitchen to accommodate a casual dining area. “I struggled with losing the window over the sink,” Amy says; but Fong convinced her to abandon her plan to build a tiny dining room to the left of the counter. He assured her that she would get enough natural light from new side windows and French doors. Read more.

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