Modern-Country Kitchen Renovation

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

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A Renovated Kitchen
Photo: Dave Lauridsen

A Renovated Kitchen

When the couple moved to Ojai full-time in 2011, Kelley had had enough of making do. She devised a redesign that made more of the kitchen's space while preserving its layout to avoid replumbing and rewiring. She hired a cabinetmaker. Two months later, she had a new modern-country kitchen. Enlarged windows and glass pendants now bathe the room with light. Simple L-shaped floating shelves open corners once cramped with cabinets, and soapstone and marble counters offer yards of prep space. Storage is tucked below, or in a custom-made island, or in tall side-by-side pantries.

"In this kitchen, I only keep what I use," says Kelley, "and everything has a place."

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