Modern-Country Kitchen Renovation

Moving full-time to a weekend house let a California couple take a fresh crack at an old kitchen.

A Gardener's Paradise
Photo: Dave Lauridsen

A Gardener's Paradise

In 2009, when Kelley and Greg Motschenbacher began weekending in Ojai, California, they had plenty of patience for camp-style cooking. A sleepy town set amid orange groves 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Ojai was a world away from their busy life in Orange County, where Greg worked as a contractor and Kelley designed interiors. Avid gardeners, the two chose their 1950s ranch-style retreat for its acre lot. Their first project: planting vegetables.

Now fresh vegetables and herbs grow in raised beds outside the kitchen. There are also 15 Valencia orange trees, so fresh juice is never far away.

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