Before: One-Wall Kitchen

So the Mannas called in designer Jane Lockhart to reimagine the space. Her plan bumped out the back wall by 8 feet to give them the island they were after. One end functions as a table with three open sides for stools, facilitating face-to-face conversation. Flat-panel cabinets with simple inset molding, white-marble backsplash tile, and practical gray quartz and granite counters feel in keeping with the period house. Lockhart, whose aim was to "achieve a vintage look in a contemporary way," included distinctive details in the design, among them leaded-glass windows over the sink and polished-nickel globe pendant lights above the island. "It's now a welcoming, comfortable, family-oriented space," says Anamaria. "Just what I wanted."

Shown: Though large, the one-wall kitchen had little room for hanging out.
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