a person is stirring the contents of a bowl, standing at a stainless steel island in a bright, modern, open kitchen. Pendant lights hang overhead, and a large, L-shaped marble counter wraps back under dark custom cabinets
Photo: Mark Lund

Official Family Hangout: After

When avid cook Janice Gates Kelly bought an early—1900s Tudor in Westchester County, New York, she knew the cramped kitchen would need an overhaul. Together with architect Roz Young, she ended up rethinking the whole first floor, expanding the cook space into the roomy dining room and absorbing the pantry into a new family room. The result: a big open-plan kitchen that's now the official hangout for her and her two teenage daughters, as well as their friends. "We spend 85 percent of our time in here," says Janice. That's partly because she custom-fit the space to their needs, with lots of drawer storage, a peninsula that doubles as a dinner table on weeknights, and a stainless-steel worktable island that she bought as a temporary fix, then fell in love with. "Unlike the marble counters, it's indestructible, which is a boon with kids," she says.

Pendants: West Elm
Floor runner: Dash & Albert
Stools: Crate & Barrel

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