An Alabama couple whips up a kitchen fit for a family. By: Susan Heeger
In a Cook's Kitchen
In 2011, after buying a 1950s ranch house in Birmingham, Alabama, Jessica and Dixon Thuston spent eight months pulling pots and pans out of boxes whenever they cooked. Preparing meals for themselves (including Tripp, now 6, and Eve, 4), they shared their kitchen's small electric stove but avoided iffier appliances, such as the leaky, 40-year-old dishwasher. "And I never unpacked. The cabinets were so run-down," says Jessica, executive editor of sister magazine Southern Living.
Combining pretty with practical, the new kitchen pairs limestone countertops and marble tile with ready-made cabinets and stainless-steel appliances. After eight months of planning, the transformation took just eight weeks to complete.