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Originally this U shaped kitchen was dark, cramped and tired; definitely not a space the homeowner wanted to spend much time in. Besides re- placing the cabinets and countertops with updated finishes, the use of additional lighting made a huge difference in the look and functionality of the room. Melissa added brighter LED canned lighting overhead, accent lighting in the upper cabinets, task lighting under the cabinets, a decora- tive sconce over the sink and drop pendants over the new peninsula. A new chandelier above the nook table provides glamorous mood lighting while serving to provide visual division between the kitchen and family room areas. The existing island was small and made the walking room tight, so the tiny island was eliminated and replaced with a peninsula that, while still open concept, opened up the center of the kitchen for better traffic flow and provided for additional seating this growing family needs. The homeowner wanted woo