Lakefront Cottage Kitchen Makeover

A lakefront cottage kitchen brings generations together in a space as cozy as the site's original cabin.


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Open Layout

    Designed with large gatherings in mind, this efficient kitchen opens to the dining and living rooms, and its island-based layout easily handles meal prep for large groups. Plenty of cottage-style details come together to create a kitchen full of welcoming charm.

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Compact Charm

    The kitchen's pretty, yet casual style reinforces a sense of intimacy. Simple Shaker-style cabinetry was customized with furniture-style details. The roomy farmhouse sink accommodates heavy-duty clean-up tasks, while the style keeps in step with the kitchen's cottage look.

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Elegant Storage

    Open storage by the range houses favorite pitchers and a built-in wine rack keeps bottles organized and out of children's reach. The clever configuration puts an awkward corner to good use as storage and display space.

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Breakfast on the Go

    Efficiency is a must when cooking for a full house, and a compact breakfast bar, equipped with all the essentials, eases the morning routine. The built-in microwave saves counter space and anchors the breakfast station. The area also offers a coffeemaker and a toaster, and is also conveniently located next to the refrigerator.

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Nature-Inspired Colors

    The backyard vista of a lake inspired the cabinetry's soft green color. Coordinating shades of green grace the walls and ceiling. Subway tile is a classic choice for the backsplash; however, a herringbone pattern behind the range puts an unexpected twist on the look. It adds texture and interest without overpowering the cabinetry or simple color palette.

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Innovative Island

    Part island, part farmhouse table, this handy spot offers additional counter space and a cozy eating area without the bulk of a traditional island. Its placement creates clear traffic routes and eases congestion in the kitchen. Behind the hybrid island, a hutchlike built-in serves double duty as another storage area and display space.

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Furniture-Inspired Details

    Similarities between the furniture-like details of the cabinetry and island reinforce the kitchen's cottage style. Decorative extras, like the legs on the island's farmhouse table, give this island an eye-catching twist.

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Custom Built-In

    Simple recessed-panel doors convey classic cottage style, while curvy feet, rope columns, and beaded edging add fine-furniture touches to the hutchlike built-in.

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Light Up the Room

    Onion pendants hanging over the island have a nautical look that honors the lakeside locale. White subway tile lightens the backsplash, working with the high ceiling and suspended pendants to make the room feel bigger.

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Open Dining Area

    To create a spacious feel, an efficient layout is important. Opening to an adjoining dining area makes the kitchen feel more spacious. This casual dining area is the perfect place for family members to share meals and enjoy the view of the lake.

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