Mother Earth Living

Natural Home Kitchen of the Year 2009: Shiny, Happy Green

With a few simple fixes and smart materials, a cramped, ugly 1970s kitchen blossoms and wins Natural Home's Kitchen of the Year award.

Formerly closed off from the rest of the house, the kitchen now connects with the living room, where natural light streams through floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the wooded backyard. The kitchen's natural tones mirror the backyard's colors, connecting the indoors to the home's natural environment.
Photo By Anne Gummerson
Knocking out two walls allowed the kitchen, breakfast nook and living room to flow together, giving the home an open, unified floor plan. Now Kathy can socialize while cooking.
Photo By Anne Gummerson
A kitchen door installed during the renovation offers a new, informal entrance and brings in more natural light.
Photo By Anne Gummerson
The formerly cramped kitchen's cherry cabinets dated back to the 1960s. The outdated sheet linoleum and pink laminate countertops were installed in the 70s.
Photo Courtesy Kathy Kirmayer

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