I really love the idea of high barstool inspired seating. There's something really casual about it — even when set in a modern kitchen.
Kitchens with the proper counter space offer a great alternative to formal dining tables or breakfast nooks. I also enjoy the interaction that you can have with your family or guests while sitting over the counter, as it brings you closer to the cooks and the kitchen.
Images: 1. Anna Bautista's loft, 2. Chris Savoy's home, 3. Kathleen and Maurizio's home, 4. Anthony and Gregory's home, 5. Kristen and Mike's home