Last year, Dodie Williams set about remodeling the galley kitchen in her 1956 Oak Forest home. Wanting to open up the space, she tore down the wall between her kitchen and living room and put in a countertop of glittering granite and a bar-top of planed, glossy maple.

Then, always unable to reach the upper cabinets in her old kitchen, the barely five-foot Williams did away with them, installing in their stead antique luggage racks from an old train car; they now house decorative platters. And once she had completed the room with big pullout drawers boasting plenty of storage space underneath the counter, her kitchen instantly felt lighter, despite the darker tones of the custom cherry cabinets. Read more.


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