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Three Fabulous Kitchens: From Dark and Cramped to Warm and Nurturing

Believe it or not, these warm, nurturing kitchens were once dark, inefficient and featureless.

What was once a dark area next to the kitchen in this Sonoma County, California, home has become a warm, welcoming nook for reading or helping peel potatoes.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
When architect Carol Venolia’s clients bought their country bungalow, the kitchen was cramped, dark, and funky.
Photographs by Barbara Bourne
In this kitchen plaster walls and a tile floor provide an earthy counterpoint to daylight, while sensuous cabinet fronts delight the eye.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
When Michelle Ruber bought her house, the kitchen layout was awkward, and the only window was in the pantry.
The Slatescape countertop is made of cement and recycled wood fiber and goes well with a slate tile backsplash. A glass door leads directly to the garden, making fresh cuisine a snap.
Photo By Susan Seubert
In the walk-in “California cooler,” the homeowners can store grains, produce, and anything else that benefits from slightly lower air temperatures.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
Michelle’s expanded kitchen glows with daylight coming in through salvaged windows and the warmth of cabinets made from salvaged cedar.
Photo By Susan Seubert
Transcending the merely utilitarian laundry area, Marsea used bamboo walls, a salvaged wood counter, indigo fabric from Africa, an Indonesian herb-drying rack, and collected artwork to create a sacred nook. The washer and dryer are under the counter.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
These cabinet door pulls from Aurora Glass are made of recycled window glass. Aurora’s profits fund programs for homeless and low-income people.
Photo By Susan Seubert
Designer Marsea Ilio liberated this bay window, formerly squeezed between a cabinet peninsula and a wall, and turned it into a sunny spot for enjoying breakfast with a view of the garden.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
An artful flower arrangement and small sculpture adorn this graceful niche.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
Green marble countertops with recycled glass mosaic backsplash, wheatboard cabinets with whimsical driftwood handles, and a larger window transform this once-dark kitchen into a light and creative space.
Photo By Barbara Bourne

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