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A Modern, Rustic Gem With a Chef's Kitchen

This once outdated and walled-off kitchen was crying out for a breath of fresh air. A fantastic new footprint, gleaming white cabinetry and beautifully weathered wood give it the contemporary cottage character it deserves.

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Photo: Lauren Pressey. From: Ashley Ausland.

Quietly Beautiful Open-Concept Kitchen

As the first view upon entering the home, the designers wanted this bright white kitchen to make an excellent first impression — to be quietly beautiful and not too assertive — and they succeeded. White Shaker-style cabinets and stainless appliances pair with a pale-wood island and white countertops. White pendant lights with black hardware and white stools with black cushions give dimension to the room, and the elimination of upper cabinetry further contributes to the openness of the space.

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BEFORE: Kitchen

The kitchen before redesign felt cramped and contained. The designers pushed the kitchen out an additional 3 feet and removed the stove wall entirely.

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Photo: Lauren Pressey. From: Ashley Ausland.

White Chef's Kitchen With Soft Wood Accents

Three simple yet handsome white pendant lights with black detail overhang the white marble-topped island in perfect symmetry with the range hood and pair of windows bookending it. Omitting upper cabinetry allows for the maximum amount of light to flow in and a 6-inch ledge along the back counter contributes both visual interest and room for attractive displays.

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BEFORE: Kitchen Window Wall

The kitchen before redesign featured a single window, with its light contained by upper cabinetry.

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