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Garry and Suzanne Shumaker

Shumaker Design + Build Associates, LLC

Evanston, IL

Chicago North Shore

It’s a great house with creative, daring owners! We wanted to incorporate lots of natural light and a rich color and material palette into this family-friendly kitchen in an 1894 historic house in the Chicago North Shore. We started by lightly reorganizing the space to make the kitchen triangle more efficient and to create room for a built-in dining area. A small existing rear addition became a cozy sunroom with seating, plants, and a connection to the backyard via a Nana window. The color and material palette started with a field tile from Heath Ceramics, in a rich jade green glaze. The client’s favorite color is green and mustard yellow so the designers used this as a foundation. The hammered copper farmhouse sink, copper hardware and copper trim on the BlueStar® range contrast warmth against the blue and green tones of the cabinetry, which were painted in Benjamin Moore ‘Spots Wood Teal’ and ‘Fair Isle Blue’. The existing wood flooring was kept, just sanded and stained to match other areas of the house. The family hosts everything from holiday get-togethers, to school and company functions in their new space. The owners were not afraid of colors and different materials and textures; in fact, the sparkling kitchen makes them happy every time they go into the space!

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