Warm, Inviting Kitchen

Designer Orren Pickell designs an efficient, user-friendly kitchen perfect for everyday living and family gatherings.
Open, Traditional Kitchen is Family Friendly

Open, Traditional Kitchen is Family Friendly

Traditional, white cabinets with black countertops line both walls of this open kitchen. A long island, the length of the room, provides tons of extra counter space and storage.

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Orren Pickell

By: Jeannie Matteucci

An Illinois couple asks Designer Orren Pickell to update their kitchen and create a space that has a better look and improved function to serve as the true hub of their home.

Pickell shares goals and design challenges that were associated with this kitchen remodel.

What were the main items on the couple's wish list for this remodel?

The homeowners feel that their kitchen is the hub of their home and enjoy hosting family gatherings. They wanted a kitchen they could live in and enjoy, but did not want to compromise fashion for function.

Warm and Welcoming Family Kitchen

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Updated Space

The upgrades in this kitchen remodel make it a wonderful and welcoming focal point for the home.

Bad Layout

The dated finishes and obtrusive upper cabinets hanging above the peninsula made the original kitchen feel cramped and uninviting.

Stunning Hood

A handsome limestone hood creates a stunning focal point.

Beautiful Island

The detailing on the kitchen's center island makes it look like a handcrafted piece of furniture.

Serving Center

An adjoining butler's pantry provides extra serving and storage space for parties and large family dinners.

How did you overcome design obstacles?

This was an old house, so finding venting for the hood was a unique challenge. We solved the problem by making modifications in the structure of the home's second floor to ensure it vented to the house's exterior. Matching the floor levels between the old and the new was also a challenge and required meticulous planning.

What are the "hidden gems" in your design?

Aside from the striking limestone hood, everything which makes this room a kitchen is hidden. All the appliances, including the microwave, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, are concealed with Orren Pickell Signature Collection cabinetry. We also included radiant heating in the kitchen floors.

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