There's no denying that the kitchen is the heart of the home. So when an outdated kitchen gets a striking update that elevates its original aesthetic with a clean, modern direction, it's a breath of fresh air that brings new life beyond the kitchen walls. This is exactly what Meredith Gullion of Cooper Pacific Kitchens achieved when overhauling an old-fashioned kitchen to re-create a bright, airy gathering space. The design directive for the kitchen makeover was "classic Spanish meets California cool," says Gullion. "The client knew they wanted to keep traditional elements of Spanish influence in materials like the tile and beams but also bring updated elements to the space that show both the importance of beautiful materials and casual living."