Make a PlanAfter pinpointing what the bungalow should feel like, what style the space should be and what elements would be the icing on the cake, we had to take stock of what my client already owned and what things were the biggest priority at that time. She was coming into the home with almost nothing but her clothes and her children’s things, so we pretty much needed to get a whole house together. However, the change in circumstances meant a huge change in finances as well, so we prioritized which rooms needed things the most. We painted every room. Hardware stores often have a selection of paints in all kinds of finishes that were mixed for other customers and for whatever reason weren’t picked up. We found a gallon of dove gray for her room, a soft green for the kids’ room and a creamy taupe for the living spaces — all at half of what regular mixed paint would have cost. Since she and the kids would spend a lot of time in the family room, it was important to get that room as finished as possible. By looking for the big-ticket items at consignment shops and floor sample sales, frequenting vintage stores and estate sales, and combing listings online, we were able to stretch the budget and create a comfortable space that felt lovingly curated and not patched together. The kitchen followed, and frequent trips to the local salvage yards yielded reclaimed wood for the shelving, a top-of-the-line sink, awesome vintage cabinet pulls and assorted other important objects. It took several months and loads of creativity and repainting, repairing and reupholstering, but in the end, my client and her children had a bright and fresh space in which to start their new life. The look and feel of the kitchen shown here embodies a fun, eclectic, collected look. It's a great mix that makes the most of the space, which seems like the perfect spot for cooking with the kids or gossiping with a friend over wine and cheese. I love that it looks so approachable. I don't know about you, but I've had some of the best conversations of my life while sitting on my kitchen floor or counter.