Create the Look for Less: Lance Armstrong’s Kitchen

Lance Armstrong's Austin kitchenThere’s a good reason Lance Armstrong‘s kitchen is so comfortable and inviting. This is not merely a showplace, but the heart of a family home where the cycling superstar is raising three young children (he shares amicable joint custody with his former wife), and where he plans to live until his kids graduate from high school.

“Dad’s not moving again,” Armstrong told his kids, as was first reported in Architectural Digest (their original story contains almost a dozen photos of Armstrong’s amazing estate).

At first glance the kitchen seems luxurious beyond most people’s budget, with stately stainless steel pendant lights, slab stone counters and a dramatic beamed ceiling.

However, if you break the kitchen down into components, many of the features are well within the budget and abilities of a talented DIYer. Consider how some of these changes to a typical kitchen could give you the look of Lance Armstrong’s cozy retreat.

Let’s take a closer look at how to make the following features your own:

• Faux wood beams on ceiling
• Banquette in kitchen
• Pendant lights hung over island or peninsula
• Inlaid tile floor in working area
• Shelf above windows for family photos

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