MCM meets 2020 Remodel


Remodel Type: Kitchen & Dining Room

Design Style: Modern


  • Peninsula with overhead cabinets blocked light and cut off breakfast table from kitchen
  • Finishes stuck in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Not enough functional counter space for all the small appliances and room to prep
  • Range next to the doorway to the dining room was dangerous
  • Narrow doorway cut off sight lines to the living room and hallway to bedrooms
  • No space for all the paperwork that comes in and out daily with 4 school-aged children and her cookbook collection


  • Removed peninsula cabinetry
  • Created built-in banquette
  • Widen archway from the kitchen to landing and living room to improve sightlines and create a connection between the rooms
  • Relocated oven and refrigerator to new panty wall
  • Relocated cooktop with a real vent hood away from the doorway
  • Created appliance pantries with integrated power, lights and quartz counters for easy daily access to key small appliances without cluttering the main counters
  • Updated the dining room with new doors for built-ins reusing the original metal inserts in the doors
  • Created a drop zone separated from the main kitchen work zone complete with a file cabinet and tech station


  • Playful mix of colors on-trend with 2019-2020 Color Forecasts (Coral, Navy, True Brown, Grey, Brass/Gold) while still appropriate for this mid-century home
  • Appliance pantries – one is the coffee station and the other is the breakfast station, complete with rollouts for breakfast staples
  • New modern lighting throughout and new recessed LED lighting for improved zone lighting options throughout the day
  • Classic 1960s design integrated into the modern space with inexpensive reproductions of Saarinen Tulip chairs, Saarinen Oval Dining Table, Platner Dining Table, and the modern Ghost Chairs


Remodel Type: Kitchen & Dining Room

Design Style: Modern

Trade Resources and Partners

Photography: Alyssa Lee Photography

Contractor: The Whisker Group

Appliances: Warner’s Stellian

Counters: Silestone from MN Tile & Stone

Tile Flooring: Kate-Lo

LVT Flooring: ProSource

Pendant Over Banquette: Target

From The Client

“Colleen was a joy to work with. She calmed my crazy, interpreted my needs and translated my aesthetic to the wonderful crew that she hooked me up with. As a family of 6, we cook a lot. The style was important but functionality was necessary. Colleen took the time to figure out my cooking style; tools and patterns that I use daily. Then she worked within my budget and design style to come up with a truly unique, beautiful, and functional kitchen layout. I would recommend Colleen without hesitation!”

– Jen

About Colleen

I live in Minneapolis with my landscape architect/urban designer husband, my daughter who believes she’s my design assistant and sous chef, an independent Siamese, a feisty grey-striped kitten, and a menagerie of turkeys and other wild animals who visit our backyard for the free food. When I’m not designing, you’ll often find me cooking up a Paleo feast, cheering for my daughter's volleyball team, playing pickleball, or hiding in a corner with my nose in a book.