After a facade-lift yielded new windows, architect J. Bryant Boyd worked to open up and make better use of the space. He added new plumbing and wiring, a wider opening to the dining room, and pantry cabinets for all those cans, then flipped the peninsula and angled it so that it now serves both the kitchen and the dining room. Tongue-and-groove paneling gives the walls a vintage flavor, while pale-blue flat-panel cabinets with sleek hardware reinforce the updated-traditional look. "We were sad to see my grandmother's cabinets go," says Grace—but not forever. Her mom, a new grandmother herself, scooped up the doors and made them into an heirloom chest.
Shown: A wall of new windows had put the rest of the dated space to shame.