Vintage Victorian Gets a Classic Kitchen

With an ideal location in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, this dated Victorian residence had "beautiful bones" but had been sitting on the market for a year before being purchased with plans to revitalize the interior.  Interior designer, Noel Han, explained, "Historical Victorian homes in this area often have beautiful architectural elements that I aim to preserve, but the floor plan and layout tend to be stuffy, not live-able and not light filled.  Modern families want bright, light-filled, spacious rooms that take advantage of outdoor views and living spaces, and function well for storage, meals and entertaining."

Preserving the architectural integrity and special features of the home was one of Han's goals but at the same time, she re-designed the space, moving walls and adding windows to create an open floorplan that flowed easily between the kitchen and outdoor living spaces.  Where the range once stood in the original design, now an entire wall of windows provides panoramic views of the outdoors and fills the kitchen with light.  Below the windows, Han designed a long bank of base cabinets with drawers to provide plenty of storage and work surface.  Light now pours into the space even on foggy days.

Gray and wood kitchen design with brass hardware by Gilmans.

The range was moved to the opposite wall so that beautiful window views could be added to the kitchen.

The kitchen space "before" renovation.

Han selected a palette of finishes with an eye toward creating a "soft color aesthetic".  "White painted finishes are very popular right now but would have felt stark and cold in this space," she explained.  "The french grey paint from Dura Supreme was a perfect complement for this vintage victorian home, to create a classic color scheme". 

French gray painted vintage victorian kitchen remodel with brass hardware and elegant mullion glass doors and flat panel cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry..

Before photo of the vintage victorian kitchen remodel.

"This beautiful home already had hardware elements with a vintage brass finish, so I carefully selected antiqued, brushed brass hardware, plumbing and metal finishes to blend with the original elements," said Han.

Close up photo of vintage key-hole cabinet hardware adds the perfect decorative touch to this Dura Supreme kitchen design.

She continued, "The La Cornue French Range adds modern function with a French antique look."

The La Cornue French Range adds modern function with a French antique look to this vintage victorian kitchen remodel.

"I appreciate working with Dura Supreme cabinetry because of the quality of the cabinetry, fast delivery and the custom options.  I'm able to create beautiful architectural details like the pull-out columns on both sides of the range and the curved mullion doors on the furniture hutch, and they offer a stunning palette of finishes and styles," explained Han.  For the bath cabinetry, Han created a similar palette of finishes and styles to create a complementary look throughout the entire home.

Gray and wood kitchen design with brass hardware, globe pendant lights a wood kitchen island and dark wood floors. by Gilmans.

A gray and neutral bathroom design with dark gray subway-tile, a glass door bathtub, a gray painted bathroom vanity from Dura Supreme Cabinetry with a white countertop, and his and her sinks.

A dark stained wood bathroom vanity with white and light gray neutral accents and decor in an elegant bathroom design.

For more information about Noel Han, Interior Designer, click to her website here

For more information about Gilmans Kitchens and Baths, click to their website here

Photography by:  Ned Bonzi

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