This major kitchen remodel and adjacent family room redesign reflect the design style and desires of this client who is extremely vibrant, spunky, a mature widow, a world-class traveler and retired successful business owner. The client wanted a “Contemporary California Casual Elegance Kitchen” that is “easy breezy”, yet eclectic to enough to relay a sophisticated European style that also functions proudly to entertain her high-profile friends. She specifically wanted subtle yellow paint with blue pearl granite countertops, and all new stainless steel appliances. Here were the challenges: 1) Capture the client’s international / global, yet tropical aesthetic on a limited budget, 2) Ensure the small kitchen would function for a professional chef with all new stainless steel appliances (refrigerator, wall oven, microwave, warming drawer, dishwasher, wall range hood and electric cook top, farmhouse sink, and new modern faucet), 3) incorporate the client’s hanging, faux green tropical bird in the design, and 4) select the correct hues of yellow low VOC paint that would complement the adjacent walls of violet and pastels in the living room. The ceiling was retrofitted with new recessed lights, chandelier, and large pendant lights. Simple, elegant custom cornice window treatments were fabricated and installed for the dining room & family room. The client also requested new dining chairs on casters. This design met all the clients’ needs and she is supremely happy with the sophisticated, yet casual elegance. Her kitchen is now the star of her home.