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Asian-Inspired Kitchen

Host Stephanie McWilliams turns a couple's bland kitchen into an Asian-inspired space, perfect for entertaining.

Paul and Stanzi Pouthier have both reached a standstill in their professional lives and are trying to find the inspiration to help them turn their artistic passions into careers. McWilliams hopes that by remodeling their outdated and uninspiring kitchen, the couple will be sparked to lift themselves out of their dead-end jobs and make a change for their family.

The kitchen is transformed into an inspiring and intimate space, filled with a combination of natural, Zen-like elements and dynamic, stylish features. The cabinets are painted a light brown and new brushed chrome cabinet handles add a modern touch to the space. Wooden countertops are highlighted by a recycled eco-resin backsplash. New appliances and red fire elements complete the look.

Makeover Information

dishwasher (Kenmore, 02213743000, model #13743); range (Kenmore Elite, 02275403000, model #75403); refrigerator (Kenmore); table (Nigoshi, 00813410000); chairs (Nigoshi, micro-suede, 00813411000) - Sears
butcher block countertop - Ikea
eco-resin backsplash - 3form
plates
(Agate); platter (Root); bowls (Papaya) - Viva Terra
hanging screen, Buddha head, small cabinet in front entrance - Pier 1 Imports
chandelier - Z-Gallerie

The couple live with their infant son, Lucian, and long to leave their current jobs and find a way to make their creative and cultural passions into viable professions. However, they lack the necessary focus to follow their ideas. The kitchen reflects this lack of change, as it is outdated, beat-up and filled with bland white and beige colors.

Different shades of brown are used on the walls and a deep red is painted on the ceiling to represent focus and reputation. Wooden screens help move the energy coming from the front door into the living space. In addition, they remove the built-in hutch so the front door can open easily.

Makeover Information

dishwasher (Kenmore, 02213743000, model #13743); range (Kenmore Elite, 02275403000, model #75403); refrigerator (Kenmore); table (Nigoshi, 00813410000); chairs (Nigoshi, micro-suede, 00813411000) - Sears
butcher block countertop - Ikea
eco-resin backsplash - 3form
plates
(Agate); platter (Root); bowls (Papaya) - Viva Terra
hanging screen, Buddha head, small cabinet in front entrance - Pier 1 Imports
chandelier - Z-Gallerie

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