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Modern Kitchen With Unexpected Design Ideas

Christina Anstead works with longtime friends to create a kitchen that's as cutting-edge as it is timeless. Contrasting hues of black and white pair with warm woods in this dreamy contemporary space.

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Makeover for Friends

Host Christina Anstead and homeowner Pando have known each other for six years and worked together on Flip or Flop. He and his wife, Michelle, recently got married, blending their families together and now working on blending styles in their home.

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Before: Falling Apart + Outdated

When Michelle moved into the house, she and Pando worked on making the house feel like "theirs" instead of just "his," and they're ready to tackle the kitchen renovation. The biggest problem is the island lifts completely off the floor, but there's also a ton of cosmetic changes they want to incorporate.

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After: Family-Friendly Gathering Spot

The most important update for the kitchen is to create a bigger (and completely attached-to-the-ground) island. To achieve this, the layout of the kitchen has to be reconfigured. The cooktop is moved to the back wall with the refrigerator and a smart mix of cabinets. The kitchen is now eat-in ready with the larger island surrounded by sleek brass stools.

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One-and-Only Backsplash

Pando wants a look that's right on the edge of design trends so that it'll stay in style for years to come. Christina attains this with a clever weave of tiles for the kitchen backsplash. Hexagon tile in a warm neutral (Michelle's pick) combines with a classic white picket tile (Pando's pick) for a unique design.

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