My Houzz: Details Make the Difference in 9 Personalized Kitchens Thoughtful touches can go a long way to individualize a space. Get inspired by these creative homeowners Janet Paik June 3, 2019 Houzz Associate Editor. Passionate about creative homes and the people behind them. Loves thoughtful design, improving her family’s 1950s fixer-upper and VW buses. Former designer at the San Jose Mercury News. Houzz Associate Editor. Passionate about creative homes and the people behind them…. More Email Embed Click “Embed” to display an article on your own website or blog. Whether it’s a graphic backsplash pattern or chalkboard-painted cabinets, each design decision can help make a kitchen look and feel special. See how homeowners featured in our My Houzz series personalized these nine kitchens. Then tell us in the Comments: Which one is your favorite? 1. Jewel-Tone Palette in a Missouri Lakeside Home Who lives here: Traci and Joe Leuritsen and their two children Location: Lake Lotawana, Missouri Design detail: Custom slipcovered bar stool cushions Traci Leuritsen ordered custom bar stool slipcovers in a vibrant pattern by Michelle Van Der Water of Rockin Cushions in California. This budget-friendly update adds color to a primarily neutral kitchen. The slipcovers contribute to a vibrant jewel-tone look in the family’s 1990s vacation retreat. Design team: The couple worked with architect Lisa Sanford Duncan , general contractors Ray Vaughn and Henderson Cummings, and stylist Melissa Rodgers . 2. Eclectic Vintage Charm in a Country-Themed Texas Farmhouse Who lives here: Sarah Thompson, Todd Sanders and their son Location: Burton, Texas Design detail: Restored original beadboard and shiplap Sarah Thompson and Todd Sanders worked hard to duplicate what they believed the original kitchen layout must have been like in their 1896 weekend home. “Much of the original beadboard and shiplap from the house was treated and put back up,” Thompson says. The farmhouse sink is original, and the homeowners painted the original wall cabinets a light blue-green — Waterscape by Sherwin-Williams . The countertops are butcher block. The appliances and fixtures are new, but the couple made sure to select ones with a vintage vibe. Sanders is a neon artist and made the decorative Off the Rails wall sign. Design team: The couple worked closely with general contractor Rayman Blanchard to update the home’s interior and exterior. 3. An 1880s House Made of Mud in Arizona Who lives here: Kathe Lisonand Christopher Cokinos Location: Barrio Viejo neighborhood of Tucson, Arizona Design detail: Refurbished vintage Norge stoveKathe Lison and Christopher Cokinos tried to honor as much of their original desert mud house as possible while renovating their home. In the kitchen, half the alcoves existed, and half were added by the homeowners. “The vintage Norge stove was in the house, but it didn’t work, so we had it refurbished,” Lison says. “We felt it was important to hang on to as many things that were already here as possible. We could have left all of the distressed walls in their raw state, but we ended up plastering some of the ones that were in really rough shape.” Design team: The renovation took more than a year, and the couple worked with architect Kegan Tom from The Architectural Co. and contractors from Oden Construction. Carpenter John Kalnins helped build custom items, including the reclaimed-wood kitchen island. The homeowners have since sold the house.