THE PROBLEM

The owner's farmhouse had a dated, 1980s-style kitchen with broken cabinets, old appliances and a bathroom that opened up to the cooking area.

THE SOLUTION

Reconfigure the space for function as a kitchen, home office and dog lounge.

HOW IT HAPPENED

• Took down walls, eliminated bathroom and cabinetry.

• Replaced windows with French doors that lead to the patio (not pictured).

• Brightened space with paint; added heated travertine floor tiles.

• Installed center kitchen island that houses recycling, a dishwasher and sink and doubles as an eating space.

• Added cream-colored cabinetry, quartz counters and stainless appliances.

• Created bar area along one wall with sink, wine cooler, built-in coffeemaker and fridge/freezer column.

• Set up pantry and counterspace at rear of kitchen for cooking.

• Added hip reflective silver foil wallpaper in office area.

BEST TRICK

Office shelf disguises task lighting; desk provides shelter for dogs Maggie and Mollie.

Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service. Interior decorator Candice Olson hosts "Divine Design," which appears Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. Resource guide at www.divinedesign.tv. See episode1506.