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“It had a huge yard,” Kate explains about her old house, “with many perennial beds....and I was quite ready to give up the constant yard work and snow removal. I was drawn to the Neighborhood due to the style of the homes, the urban vibe of the neighborhood and a huge factor was the location. I love that the area is equally conducive to porch sitting as well as walking and biking.”
For the Peninsula, each home pushes new envelopes. Lots are tight, covenants are restrictive, yet homes are embellished with traditional detailing and unique designs. It’s that traditional heritage that drew Kate Kane to the Peninsula Neighborhood. Moving from a 1940’s house that was originally a farm that became the subdivision, Kate was fascinated by the large front porches and close urban feel. And Kate knew “close,” choosing to build on an irregular, triangular shaped lot. Though the front of her house spans only 25 feet, she built a quaint and cozy craftsman style ranch. From the outside the craftsman style adheres to its heritage with craftsman trimmed windows, corbel detailing in the roof, and shaker styled shingles but inside is a chic and modern design. Wide plank hardwood flooring is juxtaposed with modern light fixtures giving way to a far more cosmopolitan reality. Kate’s design possesses the formal Scandinavian grace. Like a showroom at a luxury furniture store, clean-lined trim and cabinetry with dark and light tones compliment the attention to detail throughout. Wide-open spaces allow furniture to define rooms and furnishings were strategically selected to accentuate the straight line design of the interior of the home. “The interior is a work in progress,” says Kate, “I have definitely been moving more toward contemporary furnishings –as long as it is comfortable as well as functional.” Her artful design remains mostly hidden from passersby but for guests it’s inspirational. “I like things that are simple, can serve more than one purpose, and most definitely I like a touch of whimsy.”
Article: Mar 3, 2012
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