Kitchen Redo: Family Fun and Function

A budget-savvy stay-at-home mom creates a comfy, casual kitchen that's truly the heart of her home.

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What Makes This a Cook's Kitchen
Photo: Dave Lauridsen

What Makes This a Cook's Kitchen

The original layout, which Shawn kept because it worked, groups major appliances, so washing, chopping, and popping vegetables into a pot is a matter of pivoting from foot to foot. Within the same comfortable reach are under-the-counter drawers for spices, knives, and cookware, while upper cabinets separate everyday from special-occasion plates, glasses, and serving pieces.

A center island with stools invites guests to help prep food at a safe distance from the cook, while a combo of recessed and pendant lighting illuminates every surface. Dark cabinetry beneath the sink hides spills, and a freestanding trash container makes for easy cleaning.

Best of all, the sunny room includes comfortable living and dining space for family togetherness before, during, and after mealtimes.

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