Open-Concept Kitchen Redo | Apartment Therapy

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Sometimes you know you want to change your home, but it takes a couple years of living there to figure out just how. Michelle Kraker (@theglamkraker) took that approach with her kitchen, an ’80s-style galley space that boasted turquoise-painted cabinets and laminate countertops. “Not only did the layout not work, but the design needed a complete overhaul,” Michelle says.

Her must-haves for the new space: a large island, open shelving, and a pot filler. She also wanted the space to have lots of bright white finishes and brass touches. After much deliberation, Michelle and her husband realized that there was no way they’d be able to get everything they wanted into the house’s current layout, so they decided to expand their house’s footprint and move walls to accommodate the new open

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Eleanor Louise Butt’s Sunshine-Tinted Paintings Transcend Hemispheres

Imagining myself cocooned beside the hearth in Eleanor Louise Butt’s Cornwall studio is a tonic to the wild and woolly world right now. Yes, that’s Cornwall in England and no, it’s not her permanent art-making habitat, but gosh is it beautiful. In a former life, this loft space was used to make ship sails, and was then transformed into an artist’s studio. Melbourne-based Eleanor spent two months here on residency at the end of last year, in what she describes as one of the most vital artistic experiences of her life.

‘Having this time solely dedicated to my practice was an incredible opportunity to focus and to uncover new concepts and ways of working,’ she explains. Hanging on the walls at Porthmeor Studios, her loose, gestural paintings come to life in the light-flooded space. It’s a world away from her regular studio space in The Dandenongs just outside of

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