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Restoring the Charm Dorie's Kitchen Makeover

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PHOTO: Jessica Downey

AGING GRACEFULLY

When Dorie and Roger Understiller began restoring their 1916 bungalow, the kitchen was a bizarre ’90s creation marooned in the middle of the house. The oven was in the center of the room. There was floor-to-ceiling open wine shelving, in a purple mahogany finish.
Dorie just wanted it to look like it might have in 1916, so she, her husband, and an architect went to work.
“I finally got to have the kitchen I’ve always wanted,” says Dorie, who collected things for her kitchen for over a year. “White subway tile, Carrera marble, wood floors – delish!”
Dorie loves to cook: chicken pot pie, homemade granola bars, even German pancakes baked in the oven. She spends a lot of time in this space, and wanted it to be just right.
She couldn’t decide between white and green cabinets, so she brilliantly went with both, and found the perfect shade of green paint in the process. Don’t worry. We’ll tell you what color she used.

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PHOTO: Jessica Downey

PHOTO: Jessica Downey

PHOTO: Jessica Downey

Say Hi

This is Wallace, Dorie’s French bulldog. He’s the bungalow mascot and resident photo-bomber. He also makes the room.

PHOTO: Jessica Downey

Love It

Dorie found this antique candy-makers’ island and had to have it. She loves to stalk vintage shops like Sweet Salvage in Phoenix, Arizona. To find our favorite antique stores near you, visit our Source Directory here. Dorie also loves to bake, and we love that she accessorizes with oatmeal and sugar.

PHOTO: Jessica Downey

PHOTO: Jessica Downey

Cabinetry: Denovo Fine Cabinetry | Island + Countertops: William Rogers Co.

HER FAVORITE RECIPE

Dorie makes everything seem easy, even roast chicken. We love her garlic-infused recipe.

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Roasted Chicken
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • l head of garlic, halved with skin on
  • l bunch thyme
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • salt + pepper
  • kitchen string
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Rinse and pat dry your chicken.
  3. Salt and pepper the inside of the chicken.
  4. Alternate stuffing the lemon, thyme, and garlic into the chicken.
  5. Tie up the legs with string.
  6. Brush the chicken with the melted butter.
  7. Liberally salt and pepper the outside.
  8. Tuck wings under and bake for an hour and a half, start to check on it after an hour and a half, start to check on it after an hour and fifteen minutes (depending on size).
  9. Serve with lots of veggies. Enjoy!


Mesa, AZ

Dorie's blog is about sharing all the little things in life that make her smile. Dorie and her husband recently finished the restoration of their dreamhouse, a 1906 bungalow in downtown Mesa, AZ. You will see their charming bungalow featured in our inspiration pages. She loves bungalows, anything green, & bringing home vintage furniture and giving it new life. 

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