One-of-a-Kind Kitchen Design

HGTV Magazine shares how one Portland, Ore., homeowner ditched design rules to create this unique kitchen.
By: Shannon Quimby

Photo By: Lincoln Barbour

Photo By: Lincoln Barbour

Photo By: Lincoln Harbour

Photo By: Lincoln Harbour

Photo By: Lincoln Barbour

Photo By: Lincoln Harbour

Photo By: Lincoln Harbour

Photo By: Lincoln Barbour

Photo By: Lincoln Harbour

An Eclectic Style

Most people have two priorities when they're designing a kitchen: counters and cabinets. But Kerri Hoyt-Pack didn't have either of those staples at the top of her renovation list. Instead, she and her husband, Dan, outfitted their 216-square-foot space with unconventional pieces that you might say defy standard American kitchen plans. As a global marketing vice president at Nike, Kerri has traveled the world, picking up unique supplies — and lots of unexpected ideas — along the way.

Everything in the Open

Kerri saved lots of money by skipping upper cabinets and going with open shelves on either side of the stove and next to the sink. The shelves were made with metal tubing and salvaged Indonesian hardwood. "I absolutely love having what I need in arm's reach," says Kerri. "My husband, my children, even the neighbors' kids know where everything goes!"

5 Types of Lights

"I obsessed a little over the lighting," says Kerri. "I was on a quest to find utility and charm." White pendants hang over the islands, glass globes light up the sink and a tin metal pendant is by the window. A black gooseneck sconce shines on the butcher-block counter (look for similar styles at, and an industrial-style sconce is near the breakfast bar.

Big Blue Range

Kerri is a great cook, so she splurged on this beautiful blue Lacanche Cluny range. It has two ovens — an electric one that's great for baking, and a gas one, which is better for roasting — four burners, and a cast-iron simmer plate. A white vent hood, mounted from the ceiling, blends with the tile.

Movable Islands

The two zinc-top islands add about 11 square feet of counter space. The metal frames match the open shelves, and the zinc tops will develop a pretty patina over time. Casters allow them to scoot around for flexibility and easy floor cleaning. Like the idea? Look for islands with wheels that lock, like these do, so they'll stay put when you're chopping.

Sweet Wallpaper

Blue floral-and-bird print wallpaper by Florence Broadhurst decorates one of the kitchen's walls. The pattern may seem like a surprising choice for a kitchen, but it adds a little romance to all that wood, steel and concrete in the room. The other, non-papered walls are coated in pale-blue plaster and white subway tiles.

Concrete Counters

For the 17 square feet of counter space to the right of her sink, Kerri chose gray concrete, which was hand-poured two inches thick. "Concrete isn't for everyone because you can see imperfections in it, and it weathers with time," says Kerri. "You have to be OK with marks."

Breakfast Bar

When it's not being used for breakfast, the white marble bar makes a convenient landing spot for backpacks and snacks. Salvaged wood scraps that match the kitchen's open shelves line the space below the bar, and the footrest is made with plumbing pipe. The lightweight metal barstools are from Design Within Reach, and the industrial-style sconce was made out of an old shop heater.

Farmhouse Sink

The oversize sink from has just two legs—in the front—and the back is mounted against the wall. A basket under it stores cleaning supplies. "In every house I've ever lived in, the cabinet under the sink became a dumping ground," says Kerri. "But a basket always looks neat."

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