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Cozy, Cool Kitchen With Warm Wood Cabinets and an Oversized Island

Contemporary, Neutral Kitchen With Marble Island and Walnut Cabinets

HGTV Magazine shares this contemporary kitchen with pendant lighting, walnut cabinets, a waterfall marble island and midcentury modern-inspired wood chairs.

Photo by: Erin Kunkel

Erin Kunkel

For a family that loves making dishes that reflect their Indian roots, a kitchen remodel topped their to-do list after purchasing a home in Santa Cruz, California, in 2017. Bhavana and Dharmesh Patel and their son, Sahil, 21, partnered with designer Christie Hausmann to create their dream kitchen with plenty of space for cooking and storage. (The Patels keep more than 100 jars of spices, masalas and lentils on hand!)

Family Prepping Dinner in Contemporary Kitchen With a Marble Island

Tour a California Family's Cozy, Cool Kitchen

HGTV Magazine presents this family's contemporary kitchen in California with walnut cabinets, a waterfall marble island, pendant lights and midcentury modern-style dining chairs.

Photo by: Erin Kunkel

Erin Kunkel

Marvelous Marble

Christie went back and forth with Bhavana about whether to get real marble — Bhavana was worried about staining it — but they agreed its beauty outweighs the maintenance. They sealed the stone to be on the safe side.

Lighting for Less

After splurging on the waterfall island, the couple chose an affordable set of pendants from Wayfair. “They’re budget-friendly but look high-end,” Dharmesh says.

Cozy, Cool Kitchen With Marble Waterfall Island and Wood Cabinets

Contemporary, Neutral Kitchen With Walnut Cabinets and a Marble Island

HGTV Magazine shares this contemporary kitchen with pendant lighting, walnut cabinets, a waterfall marble island and midcentury modern-inspired wood chairs.

Photo by: Erin Kunkel

Erin Kunkel

Wood Cabinets

When their cabinetmaker found these quartersawn walnut slabs, the Patels jumped on them, figuring out the design after the fact. “We have extra cabinets for all the special Indian dishes I use for different holidays, plus specialty cookware and spices,” Bhavana says.

Neutral Kitchen With a Clever Table-Height Ledge on the Marble Island

Contemporary Kitchen With a Marble Island and Walnut Ledge

HGTV Magazine presents this contemporary kitchen with pendant lights, walnut cabinets and an oversized marble island with a table-height ledge for comfortable dining.

Photo by: Erin Kunkel

Erin Kunkel

Low Seating

The Patels worried that barstools wouldn’t be comfortable, so they installed a walnut ledge at dining-chair height. Now it’s where they eat most meals. “We get so many compliments on this,” says Bhavana.

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