Before & After: Funky Kitchen Gets a New, Fearless Design

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A weird kitchen layout and really dated finishes were just a few of the problems with Emily's Georgian townhouse. When she bought the place last year, she wanted to restore her 1700s home to a style more in keeping with its history — but with a few slightly eccentric twists. Want to see her renovation?

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Emily splurged on the ship chandelier, but tried to keep everything else pretty affordable. In all they: ripped out the rotted floor and installed plain pine floorboards; reconfigured and replaced all the cabinets and countertops; trashed an inconvenient island; and created open shelving. Says Emily:

I wanted the room to be dramatic, and slightly eccentric but not crazy. It was important it looked grown up but fun and comfortable to be in. We wanted to enhance the original windows and create a space filled with character and warmth but that was also practical for cooking and sharing the space with guests. The ship puts a smile on everyone’s face! Despite the north-facing position, the dark colour palette creates an intimate and spacious feel.

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What do you think of the change?

Thanks Emily!

(Image credits: Emily Barrett)

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