Kim and Mike Wampold balanced old and new when in 2013 they redid the tiny kitchen in their 50-year-old home.

They expanded the space, added state-of-the-art appliances and opened it to an adjoining room, but they overcame the temptation to make it white, sleek and totally trendy. Instead, they kept a traditional theme with exposed beams, cypress cabinets and Calcutta marble counters.

Their redesigned kitchen is one of eight fabulous kitchens that will be featured Dec. 10 on the Junior League of Baton Rouge Kitchen Tours.

The Wampolds' kitchen was part of a major renovation that took 13 months while the family lived in an apartment.

"We knocked down a pool house that we never used and added a master, an office for Mike, a laundry room and a side den," Kim Wampold said. "The old kitchen was gutted. We changed everything."

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Working with architect Tommy Cockfield and contractor Carter Hill, the Wampolds removed a wall between the kitchen and family room to open up the area. The fireplace, originally on the wall that was removed, was moved to the back of the new family room to create a comfortable seating area, where the two little Wampold children can play. 

Cypress beams, used on the ceiling and as columns, give the kitchen a warm and cozy feel.

"Mike added the beams," Kim Wampold said. "Mike has to have beams."

Interior designer Erin Mixson planned the kitchen with two islands — a cooking island and a much larger serving and seating island, which delineates the kitchen from the family room and a separate breakfast area overlooking the pool and patio. 

The Wolf stove and a Sub-Zero refrigerator-freezer are hidden by cypress doors that match the cabinets. The Miele dishwasher, conveniently placed next to the farmhouse sink in the large island, is also fronted with the same cypress. Warren Gandy, of Appliance Distributors, assisted the Wampolds with the selection of their appliances.

Over the stove is a large plaster hood painted in a neutral cream that picks up color from the antique limestone floor in the kitchen and family room. The new kitchen also has a large pantry enclosed by cypress doors, a small desk area and a coffee bar with a built-in Miele coffee maker as well as a wine bar between the kitchen and dining room.

"The coffee maker is just one of our favorite things," Kim Wampold said. "It's so nice to have."

Off the kitchen area is a spacious screened porch with its own outdoor kitchen featuring a Viking barbecue setup, a small refrigerator and a sink. The porch opens to a beautifully landscaped area with the pool and patio. The flow throughout the entire kitchen, porch and patio area is perfect for entertaining, which the Wampolds enjoy. 

"Our idea was to make something open and family friendly, a place we could enjoy with our family and friends," Kim Wampold said.

The Junior League of Baton Rouge Kitchen Tours

A self-guided tour of eight fabulous kitchens in homes decorated for the holidays

WHEN: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10

TICKETS/INFO: $20 in advance at or $25 on tour day. Tickets and tour bracelets will be at 701 Main St. downtown and 10750 Bird Song Drive, near the Preserve at Harveston, off South Bluebonnet Boulevard. A limited number of $100 VIP tickets, which include brunch and a wine limo bus tour, are available.