A children's book illustrator creates a modern farmhouse kitchen full of charming do-it-yourself ideas.
A walk-in pantry was high on the Siegels' wish list. This 3 × 5--foot pantry divides the kitchen and mudroom zones and is lined with plank-style cladding. Melanie went a step further, adding the custom-made screen door from Coppa Woodworking, which strikes a carefree note and lets air circulate. Thanks to a jamb switch, a light turns on whenever the door is opened. Inside, there's room for appliances, as well as food staples. There's a microwave and even a station for brewing tea. ("I'm a Southerner," Melanie says. "I've got to have my tea!")