Updating Gives Home Dramatic New Look

Photos by Brian McMurtry, Focus B Studio

Sherri and John Duvall took a 1930s historic home in Tulsa’s Terwilliger Heights and worked a design miracle by rejuvenating the kitchen and powder bath.

What greeted the architects was a dismal scene. “The walls were chopped up. The kitchen was closed off from the dining room. It had low ceilings, fluorescent lights, linoleum flooring, formica counters and a very dark feeling,” Sherri recalls. It also had a tiny half bath at the back of the kitchen and a small back door and window.

The kitchen and adjacent dining room now feature a gray and white palette. Gleaming Calcutta marble countertops and a beveled tile backsplash are handsome additions. Brushed brass hardware accents crisp white cabinets by Sullivan’s Cabinetry.

Sherri calls the new powder room “a little room with a lot of pizzaz.” Located  at the back of an existing sunroom, it has a dramatic wall of onyx tile, laid in a herringbone pattern. Marble counters highlight the custom sea pearl marble vanity, and mahogany legs surround a lower Lucite shelf.

“The home has a graceful flow now and the homeowners have the show kitchen of their dreams,” Sherri says.