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Natural Home Kitchen of the Year 2003: Kitchen Bliss

A mindfully designed and equipped kitchen—the heart of a Kansas straw bale home—wins Natural Home’s Kitchen of the Year honors.



Monika and David Eichler and their daughter, Lauren, enjoy the kitchen’s maple island and often eat meals there rather than in the dining room.
Photo By Lark Smothermon
Laura Ramberg, a friend and local artist, created a custom tile backsplash that adds depth and charm.
Photo By Lark Smothermon
The Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer is an energy and water efficient dishwasher.
Photo By Lark Smothermon
The kitchen is home to the straw bale house’s truth window, which, like a piece of art, opens to reveal the internal material of the walls.
Photo By Lark Smothermon
Cabinetry was handmade without formaldehyde-based glues or pressboard.
Photo By Lark Smothermon
Ramberg’s tile mural extends over the sink backsplash, two walls, and behind the stove.
Photo By Lark Smothermon











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