The fashionable open-cabinet plan in this Cape Elizabeth kitchen gets a jolt of nostalgia from touches of gold and black and a geometric pattern in the tiling. “When you think of good times in history, the Roaring Twenties jump to center stage,” says Polestar owner-designer Chris Herlihy. “These touches pull you into a mood that puts a smile on your face and a cocktail on your mind.” Originally disconnected from the living areas of the house, this kitchen was relocated to a more central position. “The new kitchen is a shared space,” says Chris. Cape–style homes rely on efficient use of materials and space, and Chris’s redesign seamlessly extends this kitchen’s reach into the rest of the home.