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Amy and David Low's kitchen before makeover
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Amy & David’s Kitchen: Before

The location: Rye Brook, New York

The “before” story: Amy and David Low moved into their split-level home last year with their children, Alli, now three, and Seth, six. “The kitchen looked like it hadn’t been touched since 1959, when the house was built,” says Amy, a stay-at-home mom. Weary wallpaper, countertops, and cabinets overwhelmed the room.


Why they stalled: “It just seemed like too much to take on,” says Amy, so the couple “kind of ignored the kitchen” while David, a partner at an ad agency (who also happens to be handy), renovated other rooms.


What they hoped for: Amy envisioned a “light, bright” update that would make the kitchen a cheery center of family life.