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44 BRAVA MAGAZINE | JUNE 2014 Homeowners remodel for all kinds of reasons. A need for healing inspired Shelly Weber to transform her dark, cramped Maple Bluff kitchen into a bright, welcoming place. Weber lost her father, sister and moth- er in the three years before she started the remodel. And while she was assem- bling a scrapbook of designs, Weber was couch bound, weakened by radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Knowing that creating something anew would cheer her, Weber used her mother's inheri- tance gift to launch the rehab. To keep the casual, lived-in aesthetic espoused by architect Frank Riley, who built the 1940s-era Cape Cod Colo- nial Revival home, Weber opened up the gloomy kitchen and adjoining din- ing room so she could cook and enter- tain family and friends as they perched comfortably nearby. Now windows ˬND'RENCHDOORSOPENTOTHEǢOWOF people from kitchen to dining room to ˬNEWDECKˬNDǠREPITTOBˬCKINSIDE %ISTRESSED BˬMBOO ǢOORING IS DURˬBLE ENOUGHTOHˬNDLETHETRˬǝC Remembering how everyone bumped into her mom's square range hood, We- ber made an oval Italian range hood the prominent—and bump-free—feature. Designer Bridget Ninmann of Archi- tectural Building Arts helped Weber synthesize the contemporary hood de- sign with the kitchen's traditional ele- ments. A cabinet section curves into an oval. Matching yellow wall paint adds a cheerful tone, and contrasting soapstone counters and a farmhouse sink remind Weber of her grandmother's home. Now fully recovered, Weber and her HUSBˬND 4TEVE ǠND COMFORT IN THEIR bright remodeled spaces, especially with their large circle of friends. "We've cooked some amazing meals and had some really great parties al- ready," Weber says. "I think my mom would be pleased."–M.M. A Nourishing Place » Healing Kitchen « PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAIA CALHOUN

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