We gutted the condo's dated melamine kitchen and gave it a cozy cottage feel, with white beadboard cabinet fronts and bright blue accents. A dropped fluorescent ceiling was removes and replaced with LED recessed lighting that require a mere 3 " to install. Cork flooring in a saddle brown is easy on the knees and adds warm subtle texture. An interesting metallic granite countertop is complemented by a mother-of -pearl mosaic inlay in the backsplash. Subway tiles used for the rest of the backsplash are a hand-made version, with uneven edges adding still more texture.