white kitchen with marble counters and steel accents
Photographs: Aimee Herring
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Fresh and 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 granite counters seen in many showrooms. After moving into her Colonial Revival in New Canaan, Connecticut, she stripped out just such a kitchen. "It didn’t reflect me, or the way I cook," says Corcoran.

Corcoran gutted the room and sold its contents to a contractor for $12,000. She got rid of a center support post by installing a steel beam, freeing up room for a larger island. She specified pro-grade appliances. White cabinetry and pale-marble countertops make the new kitchen 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.

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