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BEFORE & AFTER

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FLOODED TO FABULOUS

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WRITTEN BY RACHEL GALLAHER PHOTOGRAPH BY BENJAMIN WOOLSEY

hen the record snowfall of 2008 caused a devastating flood in the basement of Mark and Martha Jenkins’ Kirkland home, the couple turned tragedy into triumph. They embarked on a remodel, eliminating a dated brick fireplace and brightening the space.

THE SOLUTION: “We made lemonade out of lemons,” Martha explains, describing the remodel born from flood damage. “I love my new fireplace. I always wanted to get rid of the old brick one, and we would have never done that if it wasn’t for the flood.” With the help of Amie Henson of Hilary Young Design, the basement was transformed from two smaller rooms into one large entertainment area with white oak floors and ivory paint on the walls. Martha, who likes a simple, traditional look, had originally thought about painting the brick fireplace, but the contractor, Chateau Fireplaces, suggested boxing it in with drywall then giving it a cast-concrete face, leaving the original herringbone firebox intact. Built-in shelving to the left of the fireplace provides space for the Jenkins to showcase art objects they’ve picked up in their extensive travels. “Martha had collected several art pieces that were more whimsical,” Henson explains. “This was an opportunity to use them and make [the basement] not feel so dark and dreary, but really add life and color.” Ample seating now lets the couple entertain comfortably. “They’ve had several get-togethers since the remodel and she’s thrilled with how the space functions, how it feels and how seamlessly it flows with the rest of the house,” Henson reports. For resource information, see Sources on page 94.

+$JAN. & FEB. 2011

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Dark brown velour armchairs bring sophistication and visual interest to the primarily light-toned palette of the room. ttt Fabric bolsters on the windows complement the neutral flooring and keep the room light, even when they are closed. ttt A bold settee from Ebanista with ornate wooden details provides extra seating and style.


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