Redesigning A Kitchen – The Nancy Forman Houzz Interview

Redesigning a Kitchen? Read Nancy Forman’s tips below to get a beautiful space that has everything you desire.


Add Modern Conveniences

The line between the kitchen and the home office has blurred, thanks to the advent of Wi-Fi, so design a space that caters to your devices. When redesigning a kitchen, Nancy recommends installing outlets, including those for USB cables, under your island countertop for handy yet concealed access.

“Lots of people like to sit in the kitchen with their laptop or tablet nowadays,” she says. The owners of the breezy transitional kitchen in Philadelphia seen here are no different. The team opened up and modernized the kitchen, installing island outlets for convenient charging

redesigning a kitchen

Rethink Placement

You might not need to add on to your kitchen to get the space you want. For example, rooms and appliances can be moved, and windows and doors can be swapped. Nancy says it’s not unusual to switch the kitchen and dining room to achieve a bigger kitchen.

The team transformed the once-cramped kitchen in Philadelphia seen here by moving some elements. “The kitchen was scrunched in the back corner, so we opened it up,” Nancy says. They turned the room around, changed the back door into a window and created a new door in the back-left corner.

redesigning a kitchen


Personalize the Details

Reinvigorating an older home gives you the opportunity to add personal touches. “It’s nice to not be cookie cutter, to create things that are different and fit your lifestyle,” Nancy says. For clients in Bala Cynwyd, the team created the Mediterranean-style kitchen seen here.

“A lot of little details went into making this special for the clients,” Nancy says. The floor is reclaimed pine from the 1930s, and a new stone wall gave the space the feeling that it had always been there. The team designed the ironwork for the cabinets, which have rustic cherry wood interiors, and a custom table attached to the cabinet run allows seating for the whole family. “The table is cozy and easy to walk around,” she says; it also matches the decorative wood on the hood.