People with eat-in kitchens always describe them as the heart of the house. It’s easy to see why. So much of daily life can—and does—take place in these hubs.
And the more people that pack in the merrier. I t’s no wonder so many childhood memories take place in eat-in kitchens. Have a look at some of our favorite designs, including Julianne Moore’s glamorous living-room-style kitchen. Above: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, architect Sheila Narusawa, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, is a firm believer in putting rooms to multiple uses. In the Cape Cod house she designed for herself and her husband, she incorporated the kitchen and dining room into one lofty setup, that, as she says, “works equally well for morning oatmeal and for dinner parties.” The trestle table was a wedding gift from her husband’s siblings and was built to Narusawa’s exact specifications: It’s eight feet long and 30 inches wide, which, she says, are the “magic numbers if you want a design that has room for people and tableware, but still allows for intimate conversations.” See more of the kitchen and tour the whole house in the Remodelista book. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista. Above: A corner table with a built-in bench and vintage French school chairs makes up the dining table in this eat-in kitchen designed by Plain English’s British Standard line. See Kitchen of the Week: A Brightly Colored (and Cost Conscious) London Kitchen. Above: In a bright Sonoma, California, kitchen with a polished concrete floor, a farmhouse dining table is mixed with midcentury-inspired bentwood chairs. The house is a recent construction, and its basic plan is available for $2,500; see Sonoma Farmhouse by Houseplans to learn more. Above: Larissa Johnston Architects designed a kitchen in a plywood frame (left) across from a large dining table surrounded by Wishbone Chairs from A London Townhouse Designed to Catch the Light. Above: The dining table in the eat-in kitchen of the Heerlijheid van Marrem guesthouse in West Flanders, Belgium, is well placed to take in views of the surrounding orchards and fields. The guesthouse accommodates 20 to 23 people and is perfect for family gatherings. See Glamorous Farm for Rent, Belgian Edition for a full tour.