Somewhere in the evolution of the American home, the kitchen and dining room became separate things. We started out cooking over a hearth, right in the middle of the home, and wound up with the kitchen as a sort of utility, tucked away in the back of the house. But cooking and eating are natural partners. Why not put them back together?
Lately there's been more of a trend towards informality, with the kitchen and dining room edging closer together. You see a lot of breakfast nooks, dining areas that are right next to the kitchen, but still cut off from the action. What I'm proposing is a single room that incorporates both eating and dining. Cleanup will be a breeze. And you know that when your friends come over, they just wind up hanging out in the kitchen anyway. Why not give them someplace to sit?
Above: A lovely, lofty eat-in kitchen, spotted on Old Faithful Shop.
This kitchen (spotted on Blissful Blog) has a work island that doubles as a bar. Extra work space and a place for friends to gather — it's a win-win.
A rustic kitchen from Home Stories.
A home in London spotted on Rightmove.
Another gorgeously high-ceilinged kitchen/dining duo, created (virutally!) by digital artist Ronen Bekerman.
This more modest eati-in kitchen was spotted on Nordic Design.
A lovely indoor/outdoor space from Est Magazine.
What do you think — do you love the idea of kitchen and dining room becoming one? Or do you want to keep your kitchen just a kitchen?