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The O'Driscoll family in their new kitchen
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“I think the island will always be my favorite part of the kitchen. It's where the kids gather.” ~ Lori O'Driscoll

 

The O'Driscoll Family
Sharon, Massachusetts

Warm woods and cool state-of-the-art appliances combine to make this new kitchen the favorite family gathering place for all kinds of activities.

Favorite Activities: Family meals and gathering dozens of relatives for fun times together throughout the year.

What I love about our new kitchen: I love the room and all of the space and features of my new cabinets. I utilize every bit of it. I love to be in the room with my whole family and have room for everyone. This space just works for my large family.

Something I didn't expect: I didn't think I would have as much cabinet space that I do, and how much the space and layout would work for my family.

Lori cooking in the new kitchen

Lori O'Driscoll

Hometown: Fall River, MA

Favorite Restaurant: I love a fish dinner and I would say that my favorite restaurant right now is Fresh Catch in Easton, MA because of their casual atmosphere and wonderful fresh fish dinners.

Favorite Dishes to Cook:
I make a great seafood chowder and people also seem to love my congo bars! 

Favorite Activities or Hobbies: I love to walk with friends and as a mother of 4, doing things with and for my children is my hobby.

Favorite Travel Destination: We have traveled to many places and as of now I'd say that my favorite has been Mexico.

Favorite Movies: The Notebook and Sweet Home Alabama

Favorite Book: Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson 

Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy

Daughter does homework at the island, while son enjoys the windowseat in the new kitchen

About the Kitchen

The new kitchen has plenty of elbow room for every member of this large family. Cooking, snack time, homework and relaxing to read can all happen at the same time in this comfortable room that invites the whole family to hang out together.

Special Design Element: Special places for everyone in the family to share the large room while doing separate activities.

How the New Kitchen Changed Your Life: It's a gathering place for my family now and we do that quite often, whether it's for homework or cooking together or to sit down for a family dinner . . . it just works for us! 

Final Thoughts: I love my kitchen, just wish I did it sooner than I did!

Cabinetry: Schrock, Whiskey Black stain cabinetry, with Heirloom Black painted finish for the island.

Countertops: Kozmus granite for the perimeter and a custom-made cherry countertop for the island.

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