Step Inside Christina Applegate's Bright, White Kitchen Makeover
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In Christina’s case, every room in her home of the last 20 years had been updated…except one. “This house was built in 1985, and the kitchen was the only thing that hadn’t been redone,” says Christina. “It was...awful — the ugliest kitchen of anyone I know.”
Breakfast Nook, Before
Christina always wanted to update the kitchen, but in her words, “It’s a big, huge process to do a kitchen. It’s the heart of the home, where you do all of your cooking. It’s an undertaking.” For this reason, it took a flood that ruined her home’s flooring to finally give her the boost she needed to make her dreams of a stylish, practical kitchen a reality. “We thought, while we’re going to rip up every single bit of flooring in the whole house, we might as well do the kitchen.”
That’s when Christina turned to Laurel & Wolf to take her vision and make it a reality. “I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted the kitchen to feel and look like,” explains Christina. “But executing that is obviously not my forte."
After looking at several designer’s ideas for her space, Christina ultimately went with interior designer Jessica Today. “Jessica was able to put together these style boards instead of having to lug (herself) over here every few days with this, that and the other thing,” remembers Christina.
After the redesign, Christina could not be happier with her new cooking space. “It’s so much nicer, so much more comfortable,” she says.
“We have this nice tufted banquette. It feels like it’s a place where we can celebrate as opposed to a place that we want to get out of as fast as possible, which is what it was like for me for the last 20 years of living in this house!”
She even has a convenient mudroom just off the kitchen. “We’re a no-shoes house,” says Christina. “Before, you would come into the foyer, and it was just shoes everywhere. It was awful. Now, people can go into the mudroom, sit on a beautiful bench, and put their shoes on. And I don’t have to look at their shoes! I’m just so happy about it; it’s just clean.”
Sarah Richardson's Wintry Weekend Home
Sarah Richardson, the host of Sarah 101, has a full-time home in Toronto filled with dramatic colors, so she kept the palette for her family's weekend getaway in Creemore, Ontario light and subdued. The kitchen's white and soft gray cabinets pick up the colors of the quartz counters.