Before & After: A Claustrophobic Kitchen Gets Brighter and Lighter

published Nov 25, 2015
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(Image credit: Elizabeth Berger)

Jeremy and Elizabeth’s West Los Angeles townhouse has a lot to offer: high ceilings, a large roof deck, and loads of space. The pair likes to entertain and cook, so they spend a lot of time in their kitchen, which until recently had a few drawbacks. Cabinets over the range meant that there was no ventilation for the stove top, and they also prevented natural light from the kitchen window from passing through into the dining room.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Backup)

Deciding to trade in their extra storage space for more sunlight and a sleek stainless steel hood, Elizabeth and Jeremy upgraded their lighting while they were at it. Pendants from Barn Light Electric now hang over the bar, and a brass pendant from Lamps Plus replaced the chandelier previously suspended over the dining room table. A sleek, extra-deep fridge took over for an older, smaller model.

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Looking into the kitchen before remodeling–upper cabinets over the stove top obscured the window. (Image credit: Elizabeth Berger)

While installing the ventilation hood, Jeremy and Elizabeth learned that a beam in the kitchen ceiling would prevent them from hiding the ducting up there, and they had no choice but to leave it exposed along the ceiling. The change of plans resulted in a slightly more industrial-feeling look that they now love.


  • Jadeite pendant lights over bar: Barn Light Electric
  • Brass dining room pendant: Lamps Plus
  • Spice rack: Melrose Trading Post
  • Espresso machine: Breville Barista Express
  • Reclaimed wood dining table: Urban Home
  • Dining chairs: Urban Home
  • Industrial upright cart: Urban Outfitters
  • Diptych above shelf: by Jeremy’s friend Mike Z Wong
  • Goofy animation cell: Rose Bowl Flea Market
  • Ingham Marsala poster: Craigslist
  • Range hood: The Range Hood Store
  • Teapot: Target
  • Orange cake stand: Anthropologie
  • Table runner: Anthropologie
  • Spittoon: From a now-closed antique shop in Silver Lake
  • Bar stools: Urban Home

Thank you, Jeremy & Elizabeth!