The owner of this Chicago loft -- my son Vince -- wanted to update his kitchen. He felt the cabinets and linoleum were too conventional, lacked personality and were outdated. Vince was looking for a more modern feel for his kitchen, but he didn't want the space to feel stark and cold. He wanted to create a warm atmosphere, define the area and maintain its open loft feel.
With these goals in mind, my two daughters and I got to work on the renovations. Erecting a bar to separate the kitchen from the rest of the loft helped define the area while retaining the loft's open and airy feel. The new honey-toned wall color, wood floor and cherry cabinets gave the room the warm feeling we were looking for. And the mix of stainless steel appliances, glass-front cabinets, faux stone countertops and cleanly lined cabinets added a truly modern touch and made the new kitchen appear anything but conventional. More on how we updated this kitchen: