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Ep 8: Kitchen – Have a Kind Big Heart and Stay Weird

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For the full story and design of this house (including the exterior) please see the Ep. 8: Have a Kind Big Heart and Stay Weird post.  And, if you need to watch the episode again (because I know you didn’t miss it the first time around), you can watch it on iTunes HERE and on Amazon HERE.

I think this kitchen is so representative of how most people are just trying to make do with the space they have, but it clearly isn’t working.  Meet Meghan and Liam. Family motto: “Have a kind big heart and stay weird.

Along with their two boys, this couple had been trying to make their self-dubbed “One Butt Kitchen” work for a family of four.  Not only was the space too small, but it was totally secluded from the rest of the house. Since the number of butts in the family wasn’t getting any smaller, we had to find a way to make the kitchen bigger.

I knew the homeowners wanted a new layout that accommodated their busy family and work lives, and a design that spoke to their family’s fun, warm, and quirky vibe.  I put together a design board and saved all the items to this PINTEREST BOARD. And then it was time to get to work!

Knocking down this wall allowed us to create an entirely open floor plan, and to at least triple the size of their kitchen.

And hey, we get it.  Most people have to manage with the space they have and find a way to make their home as functional as possible within the existing layout.  BUT, when you have the chance to design a space SPECIFICALLY for a certain family, taking into consideration their daily routines, it’s amazing how the SAME SQUARE FOOTAGE can become so much more usable.  We didn’t add any more room to the house, we just added purpose and consideration to each room.

Starting from the ground up, here are some of the materials we used to customize this space for the family who lives there:



Source: Handle Pulls


Source: Counters

Um, can we talk about this backsplash tile?

And what’s a kitchen without appliances? (I guess just another room, really.)

Sources: Range, Hood, Refrigerator, Dishwasher


Sources: Faucet, Sink

And these pendant lights are just the PERFECT amount of weird, I think.  Classic design, but in an unexpected color.

And just like that, our big-hearted kitchen with just the perfect pop of quirk was done! We went from a one-butt kitchen to, by all reasonable approximations, a twenty butt kitchen in the blink of an eye.

Check out the Ep. 8: Shop the Look post for this same episode to get a little bit of kind, big-hearted weirdness in your own life.

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  1. Daphne

    Love this and am thinking about something similar as we look to rework our 1960 “new” home. I have a couple of questions:
    What is the length and depth of the island?
    How much space between the stove and the island?
    What is the length and depth of the work desk along the dining room back wall?


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