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Antique furnishings and fixtures fill the home’s dining room. The wall color is Pratt & Lambert’s “Chamois” and can be seen throughout the home. The kitchen underwent the biggest renovation with a new, more workable floor plan that includes a large island for gathering. | Forever Home | At Home in Arkansas | December 2016

Life of the party At the heart of the home, where outdoor socialising and entertaining meet, is the kitchen and dining area. Entertain small and large groups around a large kitchen island that will become a natural gathering point for all of your friends and family. Full height, glass bi-fold doors on either side of the space open up to a large timber deck that functions as a bridge between the indoors and the natural environment.

from Martha Stewart

Kitchen Storage Ideas for the Ultimate Host

Creating custom spaces in your kitchen that reflect the kind of gatherings you host is one of the key ways to increase your preperation efficiency. For example, creating an open island space under or near your cooking range makes plating your main course a breeze.(Pictured: Weston cabinetry from Martha Stewart Living, available at The Home Depot.)

Redoing your dining room can be confusing, says Kathleen Newhouse, interior designer at Toms-Price in Wheaton . Thanks to the plethora of home decorating internet sites and TV shows, it can be difficult to sift through all the choices.

The 1,971 square feet Bourne, at Waterleaf Estates, has exactly the amount of space you need, along with a kitchen, featuring an island, perfect for friends and family hangouts! Are you hosting any gatherings at your home this weekend?

At Staten Island Remodel, we provide home remodeling services, whether it is a moderate makeover or a complete home construction project. We understand that home is where the heart is. It is the place for the gathering of family and friends, as well as the place in which you watch your children grow. On the other hand, a good-looking home that has been kept well over the years is top on the list for potential buyers. When the time comes for your home to be remodeled, we have the ability and…

from Cost Plus World Market

Galvin Cafeteria Table

Seize the opportunity to own this exquisite executive home nestled in a private enclave of exclusive homes in Bloomfield Hills. Elegant home suitable for large social events yet comfortable for intimate family gatherings. Builders home with extensive detailing, all executed with high-quality materials, design craftsmanship and use of natural light. Stately kitchen boasts Thermador appliances and Downsview cabinets, oversized Violetta granite island, and electronic-controlled blinds. Two…

from Washington Post

Some of our favorite kitchens

Michele Evans, wife of D.C. Council member Jack Evans, designed the kitchen of her family’s Georgetown home to suit the needs of a large and busy family. The large marble center island is a gathering place, where each day she prepares a glass dispenser full of fruit and herb water. There is also a trail mix of the week for snacking.