My Houzz: A Chef’s Kitchen Renovation in Wine Country (32 photos)

Photos by Lauren Edith Andersen

Kitchen and Office at a Glance
Who lives here: Amy and Rocky Vogler, their 6-year-old daughter and their Labrador mix
Location: Kenwood, California
Size: New kitchen: 320 square feet (30 square meters); new office: 280 square feet (26 square meters); total home: 1,500 square feet (139 square meters); two bedrooms, two baths

This kitchen in Kenwood, California, was a long time coming for cooking professional Amy Vogler. She and her husband, Rocky, lived in the 1970s-era house for more than 10 years before deciding to flip the locations of the kitchen and family room. Since moving into the house in 2007, the couple had done a lot of work to modernize the home before tackling the kitchen. “It definitely had a lot of that ’70s, ’80s look — bold wallpaper, carpet,” Amy says.

Amy, of Wooden Spoon Kitchen, develops, tests and writes recipes for cookbooks and is also a producer on video and television projects, cooking apps and websites. The previous kitchen and adjacent workspace were cramped, and storage space was minimal.

Amy and Rocky worked with architect Malcolm Yuill-Thornton on preliminary designs and drawings. They hired contractor Mike Samuelson for construction work and Baggenstos & Associates for painting. Local pro Rhyne Design Cabinets did the custom cabinetry. Rocky, a civil engineer and former carpenter, did a lot of the work himself.

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