Kitchen Has City Style, Country Charm

Tonya D., Elsie, Nebraska

Tonya D., Elsie, Nebraska

Living in a house full of guys, I usually don’t have much help in the kitchen. My husband, Brad, is an irrigated-corn farmer, and our sons, Jordan and Taylor, keep busy with school activities.

City Style, Country CharmSo you can imagine my delight when our old farmhouse kitchen underwent a major expansion and makeover. Even though I’m a stay-at-home mom right now (I’m also a licensed cosmetologist), the thought of starting a remodeling project was a bit overwhelming.

I began the process by searching through stacks and stacks of magazines. Once I had some ideas, I contacted a local designer, who helped me decide on products and features.

The main incentive for remodeling was to create a second eating area. By removing a couple of walls, we had the room to build a spectacular curved peninsula. As a family, we share many breakfasts and lunches here, and the boys often pull up a stool to do homework, too.

We also added a handy, 6-foot-long island. This gem is tremendous for hosting our beloved Husker football get-togethers and serving meals buffet-style…plus, I use the extra counter space as a prep area.

City Style, Country Charm

Our custom-made maple cabinets are another attention-grabber.These beauties are stained in sienna with a mocha glaze and accented with bronze hardware. I’d seen similar cabinets at home shows, and I was drawn to their old-world charm.

The cabinets offer lots of convenient storage space. The pullout spice shelves are located next to the stove, and my stand mixer is tucked inside a cabinet on a shelf that lifts up for easy access. Another cabinet holds a television…a luxury we didn’t have before.