When Nancy bought her 17th-century farmhouse, there was no working kitchen; it was just a room with a sink and a single cupboard overhead. So she turned the largest room in the house — a 420-square-foot space that was once a detached carriage house — into a giant kitchen and dining room. She added modern appliances (refrigerated drawers, a Miele dishwasher) that come in handy when she's shooting her show here, but she kept the look true to the centuries-old house.
Nancy painted the cabinets four times before she settled on this neutral brown shade. "They were green, blue, pink and yellow," she says, "but they wanted to be this color."
Nancy designed her island as a storage area for pretty much everything: There is a spot for spices, a cutout for sheet pans and a cabinet for her husband David's guilty pleasures, like peanut butter and jelly.
Growing up, each of Nancy's kids had a monogrammed napkin ring, which they still use for big family meals. "It was a way of teaching them manners," says Nancy. "I wanted them to know that you always sit down and put your napkin on your lap."