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."
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; 416-762-2493Contractor:
Andrew Smith Contracting, Toronto, ON; 416-881-3739Place mats, napkins, and napkin rings: Crate & BarrelSpice rack: Bed Bath & Beyond