Updating your kitchen

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The Kaihois' three-year-old daughter sits in the red Tripp Trapp high chair by Stokke.

Walls are Purple Haze by Benjamin Moore."I wanted this jolt of color to emphasize that the kitchen is the joyful heart of the house," says designer Christina Rottman.

Contrasted with classic Italian marble and traditional cabinetry, industrial lighting makes a trendy statement. This high-end kitchen has all the bells and whistles including a traditional coffered ceiling.

Buffing, stippling, and scraping gave the cabinets a timeworn look. Designer David Kaihoi used purple on the walls of the dining area outside of the kitchen in his family's small New York apartment.

The velvet-covered banquette serves as plush seating at the dining table, draped in purple burlap from Elegant Fabrics.

Look for colorful options or Scott's favorite, a brushed nickel finish.

But resist the temptation to get something too personal or cutesy.

"I've seen people use hardware that looks like forks and spoons or mini chickens.

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