Photo: Deborah Jaffe
Overseeing the project at every stage, Melanie made sure there was order amid the fun, a well-considered scheme that puts tools where a cook needs them and shines light in key spots. Brushed-metal appliances and Caesarstone counters lend efficiency to the folksiness, while an oversized island invites guests (and the couple's children, Sam and Rachel) to pull up stools and help—all in a space that's less than 300 square feet.
The huge prep island creates extra workspace. Storage faces the sink and stove; seating and a recessed shelf for books inhabit the other side.