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In This Segment

Designer Karen Cole brings warmth, light and style to a family kitchen with modern stone finishes and pops of wood and brass. Learn how she created a functional and elegant space by removing barriers and dividing the kitchen into zones, including a sit-in TV area and workspace.

Karen removed a block of cabinets that closed off the space and replaced it with convenient built-in storage. She relied on a mix of elements, from wood to marble and even faux concrete wallpaper, to bring in the warmth it desperately needed. The sitting and TV area is made up of a cosy rug with two chairs and tall steel doors with white linen curtains that shine light into the space. A zone that doubles as a breakfast area and workspace is set off to the side. Heated stone flooring is used throughout. The result is an elegant and modern kitchen that’s functional for a busy family.

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Design, Karen Cole, ColeDesign Studio; contractor, Winchester House. Open & closed storage: Cabinet builder, Regency Interiors 2000; tea set, pottery, Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Purpose-built drawers: Assorted linens, Serena & Lily, Crate & Barrel, Ikea, CB2, and Pehr Designs.

Hidden filing: Espresso cup, CB2. Page 46: Design, Karen Cole, ColeDesign Studio; contractor, Winchester House.

Double islands: White mortar and pestle, Crate & Barrel.

Varied shelf heights: Transferware tureen and tray, tea set, Cynthia Findlay Antiques; coffee, tea, Whole Foods Market; napkin, silver creamer, CB2.

Pull-out pantry: Pantry items, Whole Foods Market.

Clever closet: Cleaning supplies, Whole Foods Market.  



Lynda Reeves


Sheri Graham Delagran


Jason Stickley


Ryan Louis


Reiko Caron


Andrew Noddin


Scott Polley


Jessica Piekarski

Runtime: 3:52
Released: July 06, 2015
Featuring: Karen Cole
Channel: Home Tour