eat in kitchen after remodel with kitchen island with room for eating
Photo: Stacey Brandford

After: Fit for a Kitchen Island

Sometimes form ruins function. When Anamaria and Stephen Manna bought their late-Victorian-era home, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, they realized that its long, narrow kitchen, with cooking and cleanup space plastered along one wall, just wouldn't work as a gathering place for them and their two daughters. Says Anamaria, "I dreamed of a square island, a place for the family to eat and talk about their day."

Shown: Bumping out the back wall created a rectangular footprint that fits a family-friendly center island big enough for everyone to pull up a stool.

Designer: Jane Lockhart Interior Design, Toronto, ON; 416-762-2493
Contractor: Andrew Smith Contracting, Toronto, ON; 416-881-3739
Place mats, napkins, and napkin rings: Crate & Barrel
Spice rack: Bed Bath & Beyond
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