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Makeover of the Week: Designer Tiffany Brooks Takes an Outdated Kitchen From Drab to Fab


kitchen before
Courtesy of Tiffany Brooks

“There wasn’t much to love in this gloomy '70’s kitchen, with its brown cabinets, laminate countertops, outdated peninsula, and its lampshade masquerading as a pendant,” says interior designer Tiffany Brooks. “It was depressing enough to make anyone want to eat out!”

Meet the Expert

Tiffany Brooks is a professional interior designer with her own design firm in Chicago. She was the winner of HGTV's "Design Star" in 2013, and is currently the designer and host behind HGTV's yearly Smart Home.


kitchen after
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“This family of five needed more space, which meant a more efficient floorplan,” notes Brooks, who removed a wall between the small kitchen and den to accommodate a dining table and seating for six.

“We remedied some eyesores, including an exposed soffit, by concealing it with cabinetry. We also replaced the dated tile floor with scratch-resistant bamboo hardwoods and converted the appliances to all stainless steel.”

What Changed:

  • Color theme: Shades of gray, black, and white give this space a bold and modern feel.
  • Cabinets: Clean-lined cabinets create a sleek look when paired with lucite hardware.
  • Countertops: Gray veining in the stain-resistant, white quartz countertops tie in nicely with the cabinet color.
  • Window treatment: The polyblend custom shade filters in light even when closed, while the roller mechanism makes it easy to operate.
  • Tile: The hexagon pattern on the marble backsplash is vintage yet modern looking.
  • Lighting: Three contemporary pendants made of spiky metal stems create a focal point over the island.
  • Appliances: Stainless steel appliances provide a fresh update, including a farmhouse apron sink, island beverage center, and range hood.
  • Stools: The counter stools are covered in a gray Sunbrella fabric for easy spot cleaning.

Shop the Space:

Stoffer Photography 
drawer pull
Atlas Homewares Optimism Pull $25.00
MSI Surfaces Fairy White Quartz Countertop Varies
Infinity Thassos & Ming Green Hexagon Marble Tile $39.00
Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort Strada Small Sconce $489.00
Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Shop Taube Counter & Bar Stool $158.00