Modernizing the Farmhouse
This kitchen is part of the Heidlebeck-Campbell home, a 1903-dated house in Portland. After changing hands several times, the home’s current owners – who had been living there since 1975 – decided to update the kitchen with modern essentials while retaining the home’s character.
“The home is a Queen Anne Vernacular Victorian, or a modest farmhouse,” said designer Janel Campbell of Portland-based Neil Kelly Design. “We did not want to over design the kitchen, but we did want to add modern conveniences like undercabinet lighting and USB outlets.”
The soft color of the cabinets was inspired by the hue of chicken eggs, giving the space the pastoral feel the homeowners wanted.
The new exhaust hood duct size was larger than the depth of the historic ceiling joists, so the ceiling was lowered two inches to accommodate it.
Modern storage amenities, like a spice drawer and a cutting board pullout, were incorporated into the new kitchen.
“I especially love the tile backsplash, the fine detail and craftsmanship of the pattern and deep blue glaze,” said Campbell. “When installed, it almost looks like fine needlework or lace.”