-homeowner Erin Furtney
“Guests, kids— everyone ends up in the kitchen. I needed ours to handle all the action.”
above: A U-shape kitchen with a peninsula lets Erin, who loves to cook, do her thing without putting messes on display. Dark stain makes common oak flooring look more exotic and chic. It also adds contrast to keep the neutral space interesting. below left: Rather than sacrifice the entire interior kitchen wall to the open plan, the Furtneys use a peninsula wall for ovens and additional storage on the kitchen side and a breakfast bar where barstools pull up on the opposite side. below middle: A super-size chalkboard (painted on the wall and trimmed out) can host messages, accolades, lists, and more. Wine storage added to the cabinet also has been a game changer, Erin says. below right: That spot behind the sectional isn’t going to waste! A narrow hand-me-down dining table turns it into a kid creativity zone.
this photo: “I’m always drawn to a fresh white kitchen,” Erin says. “It’s timeless, but also a little modern-looking.” The gray island adds a contemporary edge.