Kitchen Redo: The Art of Smart Design

Light, space, and storage—lots and lots of storage—are the hallmarks of this Denver family's kitchen.

Storage Success
Photo: Christopher Testani

Storage Success

After two years of searching for a dream house, artist Meg Miller and her husband, David, purchased, then scrapped a "mint green 1950s box" in Denver's tony Hilltop neighborhood and rebuilt from there. "I wanted my home to be a work of art," says Meg. "In our old house people basically spent 98% of their time in 400 square feet, which was the kitchen/family room area. I wanted the kitchen to be the heart of this home."

As a result, the Millers' 2,200-square-foot first floor has almost no interior walls and only one traditional door, to the powder room. The feeling when you enter the house is that of tremendous light, space, and color, thanks to an eclectic collection of furniture, repainted antiques, and art.

And the kitchen is the anchor for all of it. More than anything, Meg wanted an open space where everyone could do separate things and still be together. She may be the first to laugh at her Colorado need for feng shui flow, but there's no question about her success in achieving it.

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