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Charles Rennie Mackintosh(esque) kitchen remodel in W Virginia

20070630dsmackintosh_a_450 Monongaehala PA cabinetmaker Pat Herforth recently channeled the spirit of Charles Rennie Mackintosh to build a new kitchen for client Carrie Russell's 1920 Tudor/Craftsman home in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Once in a great while, if you're very lucky, you're sorry to see a work day end so soon. Pat Herforth felt that way when he created a kitchen for Carrie Russell.

"I was at work eight hours, and it seemed like 15 minutes," said the Monongahela woodworker.

"I didn't sleep at night -- for excitement."

The thrill was in building cabinetry, trim, light fixtures and furniture in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Scottish architect/designer whose take on Art Nouveau jelled with the European Arts & Crafts movement near the turn of the 20th century.

photograph by Darrell Sapp for the Post-Gazette