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Light it up

When spring finally arrives—especially after a long and punishing winter like this year’s—we’re eager to welcome light back into our homes, our lives and our hearts.  

A recent remodel shows how the right design choices can brighten up your interiors for spring and summer—and year round—because the mood-brightening properties of light never go out of style.  

The owner of this Craftsman-style home wanted to retain its historic features yet update certain aspects of the interior, all while following the neighborhood’s historic preservation guidelines. 

Many historic homes have small or dark areas that were utilitarian in the past but may not fit into open plan scenarios. In this home, the butler’s pantry is a small space with storage for dishes, a coffee station and a sink.

The farmhouse-style sink is historically accurate, unique and attractive. The white cabinetry and white porcelain light up the area. Hand towels are layered on the front of the sink, with the top one reading, “Forget love, fall in coffee.” A wooden brush, bar soap atop a wood soap dish and wood cutting board add light-colored natural elements to the mix.

On the board, we’ve placed white plates, blue-and-white-patterned cloth napkins and a simple, elegant white concrete apple.

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