This kitchen is in a 1904 “Denver Square”, which is known as a “foursquare” everywhere else in the country, but here in Denver we like to label things as our own. For example, the “Denver Omelette” is really a “Western Omelette”. If anyone can think of something else that Denver (or your home town) has been able to add their name to, but isn’t unique to that city, let me know! I enjoy things like that.
When I first saw this kitchen, it was very small and completely enclosed.
I took this photo with my back to the wall. The client wanted an island with seating and more counter space. She also wanted to be able to have people over while she cooked so we knocked down the wall between the dining room and the kitchen to make more space for the cook. We uncovered one odd thing that I’ve never seen before: under the drywall was another opening that had been enclosed – see below!
To be self-critical and a little defensive, we took these photos on an unusually dark and dreary day in late winter this past year. I should have postponed the photo shoot for a sunny day – but because I had work stacked up, I decided to just do it. A lot of good things have come from my “just get it done” attitude towards my business, but this wasn’t one of them and I learned my lesson.
Are you getting the lack of sun vibe? Normally this home is flooded with sunlight – all I think when I see these is that I should have waited to get that sunshine!
The other thing I learned is to wait on taking photos until the client gets more things in the house. In the shot above you’ll see a dining table with just an outdoor bench – no other chairs in sight! In my defense, it’s almost a year later and this client is still using temporary chairs while she decides what to purchase so I could have been waiting a while. Another solution for me would have been to rent or borrow some chairs!
This next photo makes me cringe – and again, it’s my fault. I should have borrowed something to fill in the empty spot and I should have waited for a sunny day!
What have I learned? It’s great to get it done, BUT sometimes it’s at the expense of the final product when I would have been better off waiting. Denver gets a lot of sunshine and I am spoiled by not having to worry too much about the light at photo shoots most of the time. I do enjoy getting things done and my zeal for that got the best of me on this one. However my philosophy, in general, is still this:
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” —Bruce Lee
Laura is a Denver Interior Designer who runs an Interior Design Studio based in sunny Colorado with a strong commitment to livable and interesting interiors. She also runs The Colorado Nest, a Denver blog about Design, Art and Life in the Mountain West and co-hosts the book podcast "The Inside Flap" on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.
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4 thoughts on “Before & After: Uncovering Secrets in a 1904 Denver Square Kitchen”
I just love the “dark & handsome” look as you call it ! The whole kitchen says, “take me & cook” irregardless of whether the sun is shining ! Good job Laura.
Thank you!!! 🙂