opened-up and modernized kitchen  in this remodeled, light-filled colonial home
Photo: Ken Gutmaker
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Light And Modern

Between their demanding jobs, nonstop guests, and growing family, the young couple had their hands full but their hearts set on a different look. "The house had been well loved, but it was dated," says Emily. "We needed to freshen it and make it feel a little more modern."

She had a pretty clear idea of how that might be done. "I'm a total decision-maker," she says with a laugh, and no amateur when it comes to Googling home accessories or combing sites like Pinterest. Declaring war on dark baths, mottled granite, and sunken anything, Emily called for a paler palette, smarter details, and better flow.

Shown: The kitchen's walnut floors and Calacatta gold marble counters reflect light from French doors in the living and family rooms. Substantial cabinet feet, copied from a vintage dresser, and large-scale moldings give the space a custom flavor. Cabinetmaker: LSC Cabinetry. Flooring: Golden State Flooring
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