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HOUZZ FEATURE

The Story Behind the Most Popular Photo of All Time on Houzz

For Houzz’s 10th anniversary, see how a classic kitchen with white cabinets became the most-saved photo ever.

Mitchell Parker
October 12, 2020

Mary Jo Fiorella treated the project like any other. Around 2007, her clients, a couple in San Jose, California, hired her to update several rooms in their 1970s home. The kitchen was a major focus of the renovation, and Fiorella took down a wall to convert the formerly tight U-shaped layout into an L-shaped arrangement that opens to the family room. She added an island and went through her typical routine of visiting showrooms with her clients to choose materials. When her clients selected a light green backsplash tile to go with the traditional white Shaker-style custom cabinets, Fiorella thought this kitchen would be something special.

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