Photos by Caleb Vandermeer Photography
Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple who collect wine and love to share it
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Size: 288 square feet (27 square meters)
Designer: Hannah Hacker
This Hillsboro, Oregon, couple wanted a kitchen where they could properly store their wine and enjoy gathering with friends to uncork it. But the wine was stashed in a coat closet, and their closed-off, cramped and dated kitchen was restricting the flow of their first floor and wasn’t functional for the way they liked to cook or socialize. Interior designer Hannah Hacker of Adapt Design helped them create an open and welcoming space with the modern farmhouse style they craved.
Problems. The previous kitchen was closed off from the dining room and the formal living room by a large built-in pantry. “With the closed-off feel, those rooms were seldom used,” Hacker says. “And the kitchen had an angled peninsula that divided it into a casual eating area and a work area that were both too cramped.” In addition, the raised-panel oak cabinets and white tile countertops didn’t reflect the homeowners’ personal style.
Style. “They had a pretty good idea of the style they were after. She was very drawn to the modern farmhouse style,” Hacker says. “And shiplap was definitely a must-have!”
Must-haves. The homeowners also wanted a place to display their collection of vintage items, and the wine collection needed a better spot than the coat closet to await its uncorking. “We fitted the tall cabinet in the kitchen with wine racks, and while it is not temperature-controlled, the walls around it were extra-insulated to eliminate temperature swings,” the designer says.
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