This Kitchen Remodel Is Midcentury Modern Done Right
The owners of this midcentury house in the Pacifica neighborhood of San Diego loved that it was a piece of local history. As a property built by architects William Krisel and Dan Palmer, the structure harkened back to a beloved era in design—it’s just that many of the details had been lost to prior updates. “The home had been remodeled but the midcentury-modern style was not kept,” says Abbie Naber, owner and principal of A. Naber Design. “When the owners had the opportunity to remodel themselves, they were excited to bring back some of those inspirations, especially in the kitchen.”
The kitchen was tucked into a corner at the back of the house, under a high-pitched ceiling covered in a honey-toned wood. Naber and the couple wanted to keep the existing ceiling and install custom walnut lower cabinetry and open shelving to match. Naber admits that this was a lot of wood tones to accommodate, but thought that terrazzo flooring and a three-dimensional backsplash would provide a balance that would still be in keeping with the theme.