A portrait of Louis Armstrong by New Orleans folk artist Nilo Lanza can be seen from the kitchen. Katherine LaNasa chose not to open up the kitchen because she likes the separation. "I don't want to walk in to my kitchen when I walk in to my house," she said. "And I don't necessarily need to be cooking while my guests are having a glass of wine. I like a little separation." Because of the limited space, she moved the washer and dryer from the adjoining mudroom to the garage, so now that area can be used for storage and bar keeping.

( Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times )

A portrait of Louis Armstrong by New Orleans folk artist Nilo Lanza can be seen from the kitchen. Katherine LaNasa chose not to open up the kitchen because she likes the separation. "I don't want to walk in to my kitchen when I walk in to my house," she said. "And I don't necessarily need to be cooking while my guests are having a glass of wine. I like a little separation." Because of the limited space, she moved the washer and dryer from the adjoining mudroom to the garage, so now that area can be used for storage and bar keeping.

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