yellow traditional kitchen with antique island, beadboard backsplash, marble counter, white apron sink
Photo: Tria Giovan

A Cozier Kitchen: After

When a space feels uncomfortable, it's not always easy to pinpoint why. To Peggy Sousa, owner of a 1,500-square-foot shingled cottage in East Hampton, New York, it seemed odd that she didn't want to hang out in her kitchen. Everything worked, and a skylight provided plenty of light. But meal prep was no fun. "I just wanted something that was warmer and cozier," she says.

Shown: Sunny painted cabinets and a warm wood island give the kitchen a more traditional feel.

Painted cabinets: Smith River Kitchens
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