As you know I love to stalk real estate listings. I spotted this kitchen in this pretty Brooklyn brownstone and it stopped me dead in my tracks. At first, I marveled at all the beautiful woodwork that was so perfectly adapted into an open kitchen/dining room space. The room appears to work well with this style of house without feeling too closed in or dark. But then I gave the image a second look and wondered if the kitchen was as functional as I first imagined. That cluttered counter is something I would have a real hard time living with, the space above the fridge seems to be wasted and the shaker cabinets added on the far wall are the wrong style.
So as is often the case with old homes, this is definitely a trade off. Would it have been worth it to remove some of that gorgeous millwork in exchange for more counter and/or built in appliances? Would the cost of having custom cabinetry made to match the existing molding been too much? Perhaps better furniture, lighting and accessories would have mitigated the cons of the space? What do you think?