When reader Marina and her family moved into their home five years ago, she always knew she wanted to redo the kitchen. As you can see in the photo above, the kitchen was very dark, and even though the cabinets were painted a light color, they seemed heavy. Plus, as a mom of young children, Marina wanted to have the kitchen open to the family room so she could cook while still keeping an eye on her kids. Take a look a Marina's kitchen now — it took a turn for the lighter!
In her Ridgewood, New Jersey, kitchen, Nicole Hough designed the kitchen to fit with the period of the house while updating it with modern conveniences to make it family-friendly and highly organized. A built-in armoire has a bottom row of drawers for kids' stuff, a kitchen island offers ample seating, and pots are easily accessible since they're hung on either side of the stove.
An open floor plan kitchen features creamy cabinets, marble countertops and an ornate range hood. Two kids of marble tile is used as the backsplash: thin rectangles above the countertops and a herringbone pattern above the stove top.