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    Graphic black-and-white tiles line the back wall, adding texture and a modern touch.

    What was once a parlor has been transformed into a spacious, gleaming kitchen that is the heart of the house.

    The front door leads into the kitchen, where a welcoming nook includes a custom banquette and chair upholstered in Jerry Pair's Bella Pelle leather.

    Traditional yet playful, the kitchen features 1920s French brass pendants from Blend Interiors.

    In the breakfast area, a generous banquette sits against the windows, covered in Brentano's Passerella.

    An original cloud painting by Sonoma artist Wade Hoefer accentuates the ethereal character of the Montpellier pedestal dining table.

    This backless number offers equal seating to a host of chairs but can be tucked under the table when not in use (and doesn't block the view of the butler's pantry).

    Designer Fern Santini painted new kitchen cabinets with Benjamin Moore's Nantucket Gray, then treated them with a custom sienna glaze.

    Doing the kitchen in one color tile breaks with the Mexican tradition of having "a riot of colors," designer John Houshmand says of his Mexican hacienda house.

    Peachy shades of orange set the mood in this cheerful North Carolina breakfast room by designer Kathy Smith.

    A liberal dose of spicy orange is the detail that makes this California kitchen designed by Melanie Coddington really special.

    There's no real kitchen. Instead a mini fridge, convection oven/toaster, sink and hot plate — along with a gas grill outside on the patio — create a makeshift cooking space.

    At least at the Nest — with its kitchen stocked with pots, pans, and bakeware and has plenty of counter space — the sweets can be homemade.

    A few select walls were knocked down in the kitchen to open up the cooking space.

    The ocean's shimmery hues inspire a kitchen in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, by Urban Grace Interiors.

    The dark, iridescent backsplash is made of New Gunmetal tile by Heath Ceramics.

    Caroline Beaupère designed a custom-made tile backsplash of delicate vines to bring a New York City kitchen to life.

    Marilyn Monroe's NYC apartment is newly remodeled.

    Simple Shaker-style kitchen cabinets in a creamy color are set off by dark counters made of Vermont soapstone, "a living material that will age and stain over the years, and that's part of its beauty," says Gourd.

    The wife wanted a cheery yellow kitchen, so Paterson covered chairs and stools in sunny Piton vinyl from Prismatek and used Romo's Portico for curtains.

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