Dream kitchen

Photo: Gordon Beall

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Go Up a Wall
"I've had to answer this question myself on multiple occasions. As the redefinition of a kitchen can be a very costly proposition, sometimes the most prudent decisions are the most obvious: Adding reclaimed architectural millwork—like the wainscoting I added behind the grandfather clock in the accompanying picture—to walls can offer a more cost-effective solution (as opposed to adding expensive, newly customized trims). And using reclaimed woodwork is also eco-friendly." —Darryl Carter, author of The Collected Home: Rooms With Style, Grace and History (Potter Style)