I keep coming back to this photo - it's an AFTER shot of a family kitchen made over by Match Interiors. This kitchen is a great example of efficient space planning in a small-ish space. By the way, the makeover of the kitchen (and other parts of the house) took 2 hours!
The design team put in bench seating and a pony wall to create a small space within a space. The new dining space allows the whole family to eat together. The children's table and chairs is a great place for a snack or play. And the bassinet on the other side of the pony wall means the baby can hang out too. That's a pretty impressive use of space in the kitchen. Want to see the BEFORE photo? You can see that as well as other rooms in the super quick madeover house on Desire To Inspire.