Cathi Hodgins’ kitchen, that’s what. The designer finally renovated her favorite room. It was worth the wait.
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But she put the kitchen in her own home in North Wilmington on the back burner for almost 10 years while she focused on building her business, Kitchens by Design.
“I loved my house from the second I walked in the door, that cozy, one-story concept of the classic rancher,” Hodgins says. “But I always knew that one day I would have to make over the kitchen.”
Her first major renovation was the addition of a large, open sunroom with lofty ceilings and expanses of windows that usher natural light into the room, as well as the adjacent dining room.
It’s a setting that is in harmony with nature, with Hodgins’ collection of leafy tropical plants within and mature shade trees, flowering shrubs and herbs outside. That organic sensibility extends to the materials she chose for the room: bead board for the ceiling, linen for the draperies, and limestone for the floor and bar countertop, all in soft vanilla.
“I’ve always gravitated toward things that are natural,” she says.
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