We packed up the dining room and kitchen over the weekend. Boxes of china and crockery, bowls, platters, jugs, and cups fill the foyer. We're down to just enough of everything.
Kitchens are so important; a bad kitchen can ruin an otherwise good house, and a great kitchen can elevate a passable house to the level of wonderful.
I prefer an eat-in kitchen, for the simple reason that there's a place for people to sit and laugh and drink wine and taste-test while the cooks cook. Dining rooms are still best for most meals, but midnight milk and cookies are best enjoyed at the kitchen table.
I like all of these kitchens (the last one is my favorite!):
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -J.R.R.Tolkien