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A dysfunctional Sunset Hill kitchen gets a much-needed update

After five years in their Sunset Hill home, Marlys and Karl Hougland knew they wanted to renovate their cramped galley kitchen.

“It was so dysfunctional,” Marlys Hougland remembers.

She knew her long-time friend and interior designer, Briana Beuke, would be able to design the perfect kitchen for them. By removing a small powder room and a laundry room that separated the kitchen from the dining room, they gained the space they needed and opened up the kitchen to the Plaza view.

“We wanted something light and bright,” Beuke says. “And we wanted to show off that leaded-glass window.”


Specially designed 15-inch deep lower drawers along one wall provide plenty of storage, yet open up the kitchen so it feels much bigger.

“I didn’t want upper cabinets that would block the view, either,” Beuke says. The custom-designed European-style cabinets are from Profile Cabinet and Design. Two black-stained cabinets flank the island.


“We bumped out into the garage for one,” Beuke says. “We wanted it to resemble an armoire.”

While Beuke did most of the layout and “big picture” design, Hougland selected the details, such as the bronze handles and pulls from Locks and Pulls and the Shaws farmhouse sink from Rohl. “We love the result,” Hougland says. “Not only does it look good, it’s functional. We have loads of counterspace now that makes it great for entertaining.”

And the duo enjoyed working together so much, they’ve embarked on a new partnership with the launch of their design company.



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