This kitchen is beautiful, isn’t it? The cabinetry and millwork are crisp and classic. The grey beams overhead and dark-stained wood floors add texture, and the lighting is very versatile. In addition, the kitchen has tons of space, big windows, and it opens onto the family room making it the perfect epicenter of this particular home. While speaking with a friend who is looking to purchase a home the other day, she mentioned that she loves the bones of houses like this. The better builders in Houston are doing this “classic New England meets rustic European” thing that seems to be big here. Anyhow, she was concerned that while she had fallen in love with a house similar to the one pictured above, her personal style is more modern and doesn’t lend itself to the “greige, slipcovers, and sisal” look the is so pervasive in Houston. While it’s lovely, she prefers more modern pieces and loves color. Feeling inspired by her particular challenge, I thought, what would I do if I had a kitchen like this? Voila!