The inspiration: A 1910s railing detail upstairs
The project: After removing most of a wall in this Seattle bungalow, designer Kim Clements wanted to maintain an open feeling while setting off a built-in on one side and a breakfast nook on the other. The answer was right overhead in an original railing on the second floor. "We like to use a decorative element that plays off what's already there," Clements says of her design-build team. They used the railing to create a template for their carpenter. "It was pretty easy," she says. "He drilled four holes—the points of the diamond—then hand-cut the opening with a scroll saw."
The payoff: Discrete spaces that share a compelling period detail and lots of light