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Whimsical Greenbank kitchen featured in Dream Tour

Diane Billingsley stands in the kitchen of her Greenbank home.  Billingsley decorated the space with antiques that she collected from her travels. - Katie McVicker/Whidbey News-Times
Diane Billingsley stands in the kitchen of her Greenbank home. Billingsley decorated the space with antiques that she collected from her travels.
— image credit: Katie McVicker/Whidbey News-Times

One of the eight kitchens that will be featured in this year’s self-guided Dream Kitchen Tour belongs to Diane Billingsley and Bob Reik.

The space is deemed “The Lodge at Quail Hollow” and is located in Greenbank. Billingsley decorated the kitchen and tried to incorporate the salvaged architectural pieces and antiques she has collected from her travels across the globe.

Billingsley used to have Danish modern furniture, but decided to go for a more whimsical design after receiving an antique table and white pitcher as gifts.

When walking into the kitchen, one instantly feels at home. The rustic pieces and calm colors create a sense of serenity.

Large windows paired with 14 steel hanging lights give the room its glow.

Unique pieces found in the kitchen include: a butcher block from England; a large oak, zinc-lined breakfront cabinet from a tobacco store in Kansas City; a large green buffet and plate rack from Ireland and a dinning table which seats 14 built from an old Russian boxcar.

The kitchen island is pale green and contrasts with the forest green of the cabinets beneath the cook top. The back-splash at the cook top consists of old foundry oven doors from Belgium and a butcher shop sign from London dating back to 1812 hangs above near the peaked ceiling. The floors are barn beams that have been milled down.

The kitchen is open to the public during The Whidbey Island Dream Kitchen Tour Saturday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at: Star Store in Langley, Lind’s Pharmacy in Coupeville, Eileen’s Creative Kitchenware in Oak Harbor and Sound Business Center in Freeland.

The tour is presented by the American Association of University Women Whidbey Island Branch, and all proceeds directly support educational projects and scholarships for young women of Whidbey Island.

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