The idea of the kitchen being the heart and soul of the house has been taken a step further in 2014 with the popularity of the social kitchen. Turning the traditional kitchen into a family–friendly hub that promotes interaction and creates a fun hangout, the concept blurs the boundaries between the kitchen and the areas around it. Adding an extended breakfast nook in the kitchen, a small banquet in that lonely forgotten kitchen corner or even a cozy tufted bench next to the window is a great start in getting this accomplished. The idea is to ensure that every member of your family feels comfortable hanging out in the kitchen. One can even add a small workstation or kids’ play area next to the kitchen so that no one is left out. The shape and the ultimate design of a true social kitchen depend on the specific needs of your family. So get creative and make the best use of available space to turn the kitchen into a hip and happening spot in 2015!
A truly iconic piece of furniture or a midcentury masterpiece is an investment worth making as it will last you a lifetime. In fact, it is an acquisition that will serve the family across generations at times! The shaker–style kitchen cabinetry is one such addition that never goes out of style and always works well with almost any theme that you have going. Shaker–inspired cabinets can fit in with styles ranging from the rustic to the minimal and it is often the finish and the accessories around that them their final look. Simple, functional and beautiful, they also add textural brilliance to the kitchen.
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