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Updated: December 19, 2012 1:45 PM
8 Ways to Create a Family-Friendly Kitchen

Create a space for kids and adults to cook, chat, and congregate with these designer tips



Create Two Rooms in One (© Joshua McHugh)
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  • Keep It Organized (© Laura Moss)
  • Try Slipcovers (© Luca Trovato)
  • Add a Blackboard (© Alec Hemer)
  • Appreciate Imperfections (© Christopher Baker)
  • Add a Little Colour (© Francesco Lagnese)
  • Try Kids'-Height Furniture (© Miki Duisterhof)
  • Raised Kitchen Cabinets (© Roger Davies)
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Create Two Rooms in One
The kitchen in this Bridgehampton, New York, home blends seamlessly with the family room. "I wanted an all-purpose room rather than a traditional kitchen," designer Eldon Wong says. "I wanted it to look more like a family room. The idea was, let's make this a multifunctional space that we can use 24/7. It's all about being with friends, cooking, gabbing, watching TV." A stainless-steel Sub Zero 601R and a Bosch dishwasher are practically the only visible appliances in this kitchen, furnished with wicker chairs from Restoration Hardware, a vintage settee, and a coffee table from Pier 1. Harry Bertoia barstools from Knoll pull up to an island made from vintage drafting tables.

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