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Continued: Tonka Bay kitchen makeover inspired by home's midcentury modern roots

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 8, 2014 - 2:00 PM


Task lighting: Dokken chose pendants above the peninsula and track lighting to hug the kitchen’s original sloped ceiling.

Best gadget: A disposal air switch that’s the size of a 50-cent piece. “Just tap it to start the garbage disposal,” said Dokken. “It’s so sleek and clean, and better than a wall switch.”


Best deal: Dokken found a discounted Viking range hood with a dent in it. She had an auto body shop pound it out and refinish it. “I got the look I wanted and saved a lot of money,” she said. “So I could spend it on the expensive marble backsplash.”


Scandia style: Dokken calls her abode the Norway House because of its simple lines and Scandinavian feel. “Being Norwegian, it just fit with my personality and style,” she said.


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619



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