Kitchen Pictures From Blog Cabin 2011

The home’s former dining area finds new life as a gourmet kitchen, complete with cottage-style maple cabinetry and natural quartz countertops.

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

A light-filled cooking space pops to life with solid maple cabinetry, inspired by coastal cottage design. Beaded, reverse-raised-panel doors and oil-rubbed bronze hardware complete the look. “The kitchen was on life support,” says I Hate My Kitchen host James Young. “Now it’s breathing.”

Stainless steel appliances include an energy-efficient French-door refrigerator and a double-oven range, which features 6.7 cubic feet of total capacity.

A cast-iron, apron-front sink suits the home's farmhouse style. The double-equal sink is paired with a traditional-style pull-down faucet in a polished chrome finish.

Drop beams clad in pine serve a structural purpose: to support the weight of the master bathroom’s vintage-style, cast-iron soaking tub.

Brushed aluminum, swivel-seat barstools continue a story of interesting textures and finishes in the kitchen, says designer Victoria Lesser.

The kitchen island houses a compact, under-counter dishwasher and boasts extra-deep storage shelves that take advantage of corner placement.

A bonus of the kitchen’s neutral color palette: The space is easily updated per season with fresh flowers and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The chalkboard wall, painted by James Young and the I Hate My Kitchen crew, is an ideal spot to jot to-do lists, recipes and important notes. A pot rack, crafted from galvanized steel pipe, keeps pots and pans at the ready.

When filled with mason jars, fruit and kitchen towels, a vintage metal bin, updated with a fresh coat of fire engine-red paint, turns makeshift canning center.

Cabinetry that faces the kitchen island provides more storage opportunities: glass-front shelves to display stemware and canned goods and solid drawer-front cabinets to stow kitchen-essentials better left unseen.

Wavy window glass, reclaimed from a barn a short distance from Blog Cabin 2011, is fashioned into cabinetry insets. Slight distortions, pits and imperfections complement the kitchen’s casual, cottage style.

Designer Victoria Lesser approached the design of Blog Cabin interiors as one would assemble a classic wardrobe: She focused on quality, not quantity. “This isn’t a movie set that will then get knocked down,” she says. “Someone will live in this house. So it just can’t look good for TV, it has to feel good.”

Frosted mosaic tile, fashioned from recycled glass, forms the kitchen’s backsplash. A vent, installed under cabinetry, mimics the look of a custom hood. A gas range, pot filler and stainless steel shelving are among the room’s amenities.

A window placed above the kitchen countertop provides a picturesque bay view. Thoughtful touches, including a vintage sailor figurine, add a pop of color.

A wall that separated the kitchen from dining space was removed to create an open floor plan that improves traffic flow and maximizes bay views from every vantage point.