Green Takes Center Stage In A Restored 1927 Dutch Farmhouse Kitchen


Raili Clasen chose Benjamin Moore’s Hunter Green for the cabinetry in this Coronado, California, kitchen she designed with architect Eric Olsen. Buster + Punch hardware and a Regulator faucet by Waterworks provide pretty brass accents while Community Manufacturing stools offer plush and stylish seating.

Coronado, the beautiful stretch of land off San Diego, has a storied history as both a resort town to the stars as well as an aviation and naval hub since the early 20th century. So, when Raili Clasen’s clients asked her to renovate a dilapidated 1927 Dutch Farmhouse on the island that had once belonged to a Navy sea captain, she knew she wanted the design to nod to the home’s traditional roots.

How did you decide on that shade of green for the kitchen cabinetry? As with any vintage home renovation, I feel I have a responsibility to not turn the house into something it isn’t. For me, that means updating the space without it being modern. In terms of paint, I also wanted something somewhat unexpected and this green looked as though it could have been original to the residence—an ‘old’ color that worked wonderfully in the kitchen.

Talk to us about the other materials you incorporated. We brought in reclaimed wood for the ceiling, which added a richness to the room while the waterfall marble island provided a light and bright element. Brass accents including the hardware, faucet and backsplash are really a reference to nautical tools and instruments, but they look so lovely with the green cabinetry.

Where is this dining space located? The kitchen, dining room and living room are actually part of one large area. I still love the open floor plan! Whenever I can, I try to bring nature inside, and the large planters under the windows have brass details that tie everything together. Things need friends, so the greenery here also references the paint used in the kitchen.

In the dining area, Oscar pendants by Roman and Williams suspend above a Nickey Kehoe table surrounded by both Sawkille Co. and Nickey Kehoe seating.