H&H design editor Kai Ethier shares how she transformed her friend’s dated kitchen into a welcoming space fit for a family. See how she added personality and storage with the help of AyA Kitchens for a pretty and practical design.

Homeowner Deirdre Matthews wanted a durable, contemporary kitchen, a large prep area and an open-concept design. Deirdre opted for warm walnut cabinets and, instead of marble counters, a porcelain slab countertop. The scalloped tile marble backsplash, which looks like mermaid scales, is a playful addition to the space, while a trio of Fresnel pendant lights completes the look. Open shelves offer a place to display cherished possessions and the new functional layout features a large kitchen island with plenty of drawers.