Built in the 1930s, this Clifton, Cincinnati home was purchased as a fixer-upper that oozed potential. The owners undertook a conscientious rehabilitation, preserving the home's grace, scale and elegance but updating it to create a warm, modern family home. As modern families tend to congregate in the kitchen, that meant that we decided, with reverence and a bit of sadness, that the butler's pantry had to go to make the kitchen larger. Still, over half of the cabinets in this kitchen are original, with the rest custom built and stained to match. The original cast iron sink was refinished and put back in place. Beautiful original hardware was kept and supplemented with knobs borrowed from garage cabinets. The windows, telephone nook and laundry chute stayed in place; and the maid's bell, though no longer functional, was put back up, a nod to the home's storied history. Some of the design is, of course, not old: the new island is a very functional hub of activity for this busy family of four; all appliances are new, shiny, and hardworking; and timeless new lighting and backsplash make the space bright and cheery.
Layout, design direction and lighting design by Susan Yeley Interiors, with Tara Ryan Busch of Boxwood Interiors on-site for quartzite slab, paint and fabric selection. Cabinetry and construction by Sawdust Therapy.
Luna pendants by Schoolhouse Electric, island paint color: Benjamin Moore Gravel Gray.