I knew my wife and I were on the same page when a smile slowly spread across her face as we entered the rear parlor the first time we toured the house. With southern light streaming through the windows, we imagined that back room as the renovated kitchen and dining space. We had always wanted a large dining table to spend time with friends and family over meals and board games. Envisioning this room's potential was one of the main things that convinced us to embark on this renovation project. The goal was to create a simple kitchen, both warm and functional, that retains its traditional Italianate detailing and connects to the garden. For us, the kitchen itself had to feel modern.