By Marni McEntee

IT WAS DARK, UNPREDICTABLE AND CRUMBLING when Bella Domicile designer Carly Miller began her work. Now the kitchen of the 1890s-era downtown home is a tribute to the ages.

First on the wish list was storage—most of the existing cabinets were broken, “Then, up to four layers of flooring were unearthed and evened out.

Miller next removed walls to redirect some unexpected ducting, gussied up the window with glass shelves and added “floating” shelves near the refrigerator for storage and decor.

Maple on the butcher block island, the backsplash, the dining nook bench and built-in hutches unify the space. Bright white paint erases the darkness. And bead board detail reminds us this is a lady of a certain age.

“It is always inspiring to work with homeowners who want to invest back into old homes,” Miller says.

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