can be just too much. Such was the case in this 1957 bungalow’s kitchen when the home was bought by Style at Home executive editor Suzanne Moutis and her husband, Koz, in 2004. “We were drawn to all the light in the house, but the kitchen had been redone in the 1980s and had fallen victim to a mass of brown- stained cabinetry, black appliances, faux Tiffany lamps and a heavy bulkhead,” Suzanne recalls. “It was dark and dreary.” In addition, every mod kitchen con known at the time (wall oven plus island cooktop, giant microwave, oversized dishwasher, double sink with garburator) had been jammed in, resulting in pure decorative – and functional – chaos.
The couple quickly set about restoring the space to a lighter, brighter version of itself, taking advantage of streamlined and space-saving reno options in the process to pare back the layers and create a vintage-inspired beauty.