If Family Style decorating had one room to be its poster child, it would be the kitchen. We all know that no matter how big, small, fancy or plain your kitchen is, that is where we all end up. Whether it is a cocktail party, toddler play date or just hanging out with the family, it happens in the kitchen. That is why I think every kitchen should have cozy seating, beautiful lighting and, as long as the only window isn’t over the stove, fabric on the windows. You need to counter all the wood, stone and metal that makes a kitchen work with the elegant, chic and completely cozy touches that make it a happy place to be!

My recipe for a cozy kitchen:
~a really cool banquette – upholster it in a great faux corc or snake leather… spaghetti sauce just wipes off! This nook seating can work even in most spacially challenged kitchens.
~a pair of club chairs, or small love seats, and an ottoman – if you are lucky enough to have the space! Can’t you just see your husband reading the paper, smoking his pipe while you cook dinner?? ok, maybe not that June Cleaver-ish, but a spot for family members to relax and share while meals are prepared.
~comfy bar stools – again, the wipeable faux leather is the key here….
~window treatments – fabric on the window does SO much to soften a space.

Here is some food for thought….

Family Style in action. I am sure my children NOT would look this neatly ironed, but other then that, perfect!

Sunny and bright….looks like it is ready for a Sunday brunch party!

I love this banquette! Nuff said

So elegant!

Imagine that a beautiful white kitchen is just behind the bench! This would be such a nice counter to all that white wood.
Mary McDonald


Another Mary McDonald that I love!!
I love a big expansive table for people to sit around and chat, nibble, drink….
Windsor Smith