kitchen remodel after with white cabinets, marble countertop, kitchen island
Photo: Aimee Herring

After: Super Functional

Ever wonder what a kitchen designer's dream kitchen looks like? For Carrie Deane Corcoran, it doesn't have the carved-wood cabinets and and glossy granite counters seen in so many showrooms. In fact, after moving into her Colonial-Revival in New Canaan, Connecticut, she stripped out just such a kitchen to put her stamp on the space. "It didn't reflect me, or the way I cook," says Corcoran, who prefers classic white cabinets with pale-marble countertops, plus convenient drawer storage for everything from bread to blenders. The single sink and midrange appliances weren't optimal, either, for someone who loves to entertain, whether she's hosting a casual buffet, a sit-down dinner, or the occasional catered party.

Shown: White cabinetry and pale-marble countertops make the room feel clean and bright. Mixed materials and varying heights turn the island into a multitasker with two Sub-Zero freezer drawers to the right of its sink.

Cabinets: Kitchens By Deane
Perimeter Cabinetry: Premier Custom-Built Inc.
Light Fixtures: Ann-Morris Antiques
Faucet (main sink): ROHL Home
Dishwasher: ASKO Appliances
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