How I Met My Mother-in-Law
Two Worlds Collide
When Maggie Cruz first met Daisy Macias, the young designer was dating Daisy’s son Alex. Then Daisy bought a Mediterranean-style house in Coral Gables, FL, and before long, Maggie was consulting on design decisions, including what to do with the basic kitchen.
A Part of the Family
They spent a year working on the space, and hit it off not only as designer and client, but also as friends. So when Alex proposed to Maggie toward the end of the reno, everyone was thrilled. “Not just because Maggie is a great person—it’s fun having a decorator in the family!” says Daisy.
Custom built-ins turned a narrow hall off the kitchen into a butler’s pantry. “I wanted something outside the norm,” says Daisy, so she had the wood cabinets stained blue with a weathered finish (try Deep Ocean by Minwax) and added chicken-wire door screens. The knobs are from Anthropologie.
When the women decided on two cabinet styles, “the carpenter told us we were crazy,” says Maggie. They ignored his advice and chose a creamy white beadboard for the top, and stained oak on the bottom and around the fridge. The hardware is from vandykes.com.
Maggie and Daisy are both Cuban, so they had a soft spot for these 4-inch Cuban cement tiles (from Original Mission Tile). It took weeks to narrow down which colors they liked, but they finally settled on red, navy, and gold—pulled from Daisy’s collection of Mexican pottery.
Daisy lives alone, but she cooks dinner for family and friends nearly every night, so she needed plenty of task lighting. Recessed fixtures around the perimeter of the kitchen illuminate the counters, and an industrial-style pendant from Restoration Hardware brightens up the island.
The island is the home’s only indoor dining table. At 4 feet by 5 feet, it seats six and serves as a prep area, with a 3-inch-thick butcher-block top. A shelf underneath stores Daisy’s copper pots and pans. The backless stools around the island are from Pottery Barn; the other is from Crate & Barrel.
White Sink and Counters
Daisy likes weathered finishes, but she also wanted the kitchen to look crisp and clean. The farmhouse sink from Kohler blends right in with the white One Quartz countertops by Daltile. The $30 Delta faucet is from discount chain Tuesday Morning.