After creating five Christopher Kennedy Compound showhouses in Palm Springs for Modernism Week, in 2019 I was lured to Turlock, California by a homeowner looking to create an exciting interiors experience in a classic American town. ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME served as our national media sponsor and published the project and published the project on the pages of its beautiful magazine.

As the heart of the home, I decided to tackle the kitchen design, myself -- with the help of our firm's Creative Director, Keith Fortner, of course. We separated the kitchen from the dining room with a see-through fireplace, so it was important that the spaces relate. The dining room not only serves as the 'formal' dining room, it is also the space where the family will have its daily meals, kids will do homework, and -- in general -- life will be lived. He also needed to incorporate a beverage station and fireplace. These two spaces needed to reflect the our client's love of glamour while staying true to the home's midcentury architecture and the region's farming roots.

I love how the kitchen turned out and I hope that you enjoy this tour!


Here is the kitchen as it appeared the first time I saw it. The house was down-to-the studs for several years, following a flood, and our team helped to spearhead the entire renovation.

The wall of windows overlooks the pool.


What a transformation!