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April 8, 2014
A bright kitchen can transform a home and energize its residents as much as the day's first cup of coffee.
Mid-century modern renovation in Santa Monica, California

The clerestory kitchen window in this midcentury home in Santa Monica, California, illumines the space without blinding the residents, who resting comfortably in the delicate sunlight. Photo by Darcy Hemley.

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Modern dining room with wooden herringbone patterned ceiling

The wood ceiling of a flashy Auckland kitchen, uses the interrupted influx of light as a design element, while slats just outside the triangular windows filter out the sharpest sunlight. Photo by Emily Andrews.

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Kitchen central space with Rais wood-burning fireplace

Even in its unfurnished state, the kitchen and breakfast bar in a northern Wisconsin prefab vacation home is a comfortable place to consider what a summer day might have in store. Photo by George Heinrich.

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Originally appeared in The Idyllic Midwest Getaway
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modern kitchen renovation with blue countertops

A well-placed window in this Bratislava flat introduces sunlight that spreads inward from the kitchen.

Originally appeared in A Little Apartment Gets a Solid Renovation
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An open kitchen and living space in this California wine country vacation home is a focal point of light and activity. Photo by Drew Kelly.

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Windows on either side of the fourth-floor corner kitchen of this home in Tel Aviv ensure the space has access to the sun and the world outside. Photo by Amit Geron.

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The stainless steel appliances in the kitchen in concrete in this New Zealand getaway help make for a vibrant, light-filled cooking space. Photo by Paul McCredie.

Originally appeared in This Home Achieves Blissful Living in the Hills
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Modern kitchen with Rich Brilliant Willing overhead lighting

In this Atlanta home, a palette of white and steel keeps the kitchen light and clean. Photo by Gregory Miller.

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Originally appeared in A Designer Brings Her Bold Brand of Texas Modern to this Atlanta Family Home
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The view from the front door toward the rear of the house, through the kitchen to the stairway.

In New York City, a renovated apartment in Harlem compensates for its small footprint by opening up to the sun. This view from the front door looks through the kitchen to the stairway, demonstrating the aesthetic power and clarity of an open floor plan. Photo by Adam Friedberg.


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The Deans’ new kitchen is long and narrow, punctuated by the small windows that dot the façade and one large light-giving window at the end.

A long, narrow kitchen in a home in Minneapolis has a dining table and a large window at its focal point. The reflective cabinet fronts help keep this room bathed in natural light. Photo by Chad Holder.

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Mid-century modern renovation in Santa Monica, California

The clerestory kitchen window in this midcentury home in Santa Monica, California, illumines the space without blinding the residents, who resting comfortably in the delicate sunlight. Photo by Darcy Hemley.

Photo by Darcy Hemley.

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