Add a little, gain a lot. That's the lesson one couple learned when they made a small addition to the cramped galley kitchen
in their Seattle home. Curves in the range hood and shelf-support brackets add softness to the geometric cabinets, tiles,
and appliances. Open shelves keep cooking staples within easy reach.
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Resources: Black granite countertops with a 3⁄4-inch eased and honed edge from Architectural Stone Werkes (206/768-8305). Custom cabinets from J.A.S. Design-Build (www.jasdesignbuild.com or 206/547-6242). Gramercy Park 4- by 8-inch field tile in Matte Marshmallow from Ann Sacks (www.annsacks.com or 206/441-8917). Marmoleum floors in Papyrus White from Forbo (www.forbo-flooring.com). Bound sisal rug from Pottery Barn (similar $149–$599; www.potterybarn.com or 888/779-5176). Small oval cupboard latches in oil-rubbed bronze from Rejuvenation ($24 each; www.rejuvenation.com or 888/401-1900). Convex stainless steel hood from Vent-A-Hood (www.ventahood.com or 800/331-2492).
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