When reader Marina and her family moved into their home five years ago, she always knew she wanted to redo the kitchen. As you can see in the photo above, the kitchen was very dark, and even though the cabinets were painted a light color, they seemed heavy. Plus, as a mom of young children, Marina wanted to have the kitchen open to the family room so she could cook while still keeping an eye on her kids. Take a look a Marina's kitchen now — it took a turn for the lighter!
dog feeding station. An alcove feeding station for yellow lab Maggie is lined with soapstone as a defense against spills. Like the countertops, it is maintained with occasional oiling. I like the treat shelf!
If you aren't getting any use out of something in your kitchen, take a cue from Create Celebrate Explore and utilize it for extra storage, like this unused breakfast bar turned pantry... I think I would use it for dish storage instead of food... But great idea!
The peninsula shape of the kitchen allows the counter space to function as an eat-in kitchen. A pair of polished nickel pendants keeps the dining area lit from above. To keep the dining space kid-friendly, Christina opted for barstools made of woven wicker in a forgiving grey tone. In addition to maximizing space for eat-in kitchen dining, the back wall of the kitchen is packed with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, an integrated pantry and a stainless steel refrigerator.