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If you're lacking a dining room but you're blessed with a sizable kitchen or an open space plan, a kitchen bar can double as both counter space and an eating area. Some of our favorite apartments from the AT archives don't have formal dining rooms, but they do have kitchen counters that serve as welcoming spaces to pull up a barstool...

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Melissa and Matt made their kitchen bar into a focal point by decorating it with wall decals and adding a couple of stylish stools. A rolling cart holds their coffee maker and kitchen supplies.

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Kathleen and Alex's kitchen is ideal for entertaining; the counter is a prime gathering spot during parties.

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Emily and Craig's Logan Square apartment has just enough room for a couple of counter stools and a pedestal table tucked into a corner.

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Meg and Ross transformed their kitchen into a cozy space with a rug, good lighting, plants, and some carefully chosen accessories.