Kitchens are natural gathering places, and the more they cue up feelings of hearth and home, the stronger the pull. But when the owners of this kitchen, Eileen Eisele and Greg Ruccio, moved into their 1906 Shingle-style house with their young daughter, the existing space felt as if it had been dropped into place without regard to early-20th-century architectural traditions or 21st-century lifestyles. It was large enough but lacked a heart. "All the workstations were around the perimeter, with nothing in the middle," says Eileen, as if to discourage them from grabbing a meal together or working on the mother-daughter craft projects they enjoy.
A professional photo stylist, Eileen knew she could create a warmer mood with just a few changes in the visual landscape.