sunny yellow kitchen with classic cabinets, checkerboard floor
Photo: Joe Schmelzer

After: Sunny and Soulful

When a 75-year-old house loses its soul, few things are more gratifying than getting it back. That's how Nadine Wener felt after erasing all evidence of the 1980s from the kitchen of her 1937 ranch, in Long Beach, California. "Before, it was claustrophobic and dark, with a dreadful fluorescent ceiling fixture right in the middle," recalls Nadine, who is an enthusiastic cook.

Shown: Classic cabinets in sunny yellow get a boost from a high-contrast checkerboard floor. Twins Luca and Nina gravitate to the little peninsula.
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