A budget-savvy stay-at-home mom creates a comfy, casual kitchen that's truly the heart of her home. By: Susan Heeger
A center island with stools invites guests to help prep food at a safe distance from the cook, while a combo of recessed and pendant lighting illuminates every surface. Dark cabinetry beneath the sink hides spills, and a freestanding trash container makes for easy cleaning.
Best of all, the sunny room includes comfortable living and dining space for family togetherness before, during, and after mealtimes.