This beautiful kitchen opens up into a large dining area, and the spaces are tied together by coordinating colors, materials and upholstery prints.
This kitchen has a very similar layout to the one photographed above. While the chairs and barstools coordinate, the light fixtures let you know that the dining area is a little more formal.
If you ever have the chance to claim a sunny spot like this for a table, be sure to take full advantage of it.
When you keep everything this open, you're going to have to keep things extra neat, but you won't have the party kitchen traffic jam problem anymore.
The open space here allows the kitchen to borrow natural light from the dining area.
Here the pendant lights and hardwoods carry from one area to the other. They draw the eye down the entire space.
This house used to be a little warren of tiny rooms, but these architects blew out all the walls and made it one big space.
This island serves as a tall prep table, dinner table, or homework table.
Both angles of this kitchen were so different and great, I couldn't choose, so here it is from the other side!
These funky chairs smack dab in the middle of the kitchen give it big personality.
After my brother built a kitchen nook in his new house, he and his wife would sit around and drink beer and pretend that they were in a pub. You should try it sometime!
A built in bench is a great space saver if space is tight. It's also a comfy spot to read or to keep the chef company.