white kitchen of colonial revival home
Photo: Tria Giovan
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Hidden Beauty

Still, "it took some getting used to,” says Sharyn, recalling the house's old-fashioned size and overall state: mangy yard, dated baths, vintage laminate-and-rusty-metal kitchen, and only 1,800 square feet, not including the unfinished basement and attic. It was a bit of a comedown after the sprawling, newly built house nearby where they'd raised their kids.

As if to argue its case, the house came with its 1938 hand-lettered blueprints, complete with drawings of built-ins to hold linens, tableware, books, and collectibles. Like the plaster walls and oak floors, these charming pre-closet-system organizers still stood ready to serve.

Shown: Light-reflecting finishes add dimension to the narrow space.
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