after blue and white kitchen with period details, island, crown molding on cabinets
Photo: Joe Schmelzer

After: Blue and White Beauty

If you are a procrastinator, or maybe just married to one, this may sound familiar. Six years ago, when his wife-to-be, Katie, moved in, Craig Webster tore out the base cabinets and icky linoleum floor in the kitchen of his tiny bungalow, in San Pedro, California. He had every intention of finishing the job—someday—so after putting down a strip-oak floor, he threw together a "temporary" plywood counter atop 2×4s and promptly got busy with the rest of his life. Four years went by. "Fortunately," says Craig, "I do most of the cooking."

Shown: Katie and Craig Webster with baby Dylan. The wider opening to the dining room is finished with period-style brackets. The rooms are united by a striking blue and white palette.

Designer: Dana Jones, The Kitchen Consultant, Long Beach, CA;
General contractor: E-Dan Construction, Orange, CA; 714-636-1988
Stools: Pottery Barn
Pendant lights: (island) Rejuvenation; and (sink) Hudson Valley Lighting
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