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June 16, 2015
The kitchen is considered the heart of the home, so it is fitting that these spaces make room for the whole family.
IdeaPaint wall in a kitchen

IdeaPaint, an easy-to-use dry erase paint, creates a playful wall in a family's kitchen.

Originally appeared in A Dry Erase Paint for Kitchens, Home Offices, and Beyond
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Modern affordable multifamily passive houses like the Belfield Avenue Townhomes in Philadelphia by Onion Flats wtih carbonized bamboo floors, fiberboard screen, bosch appliances, and induction cooktop

The units in the Passive House-certified Belfield Avenue residences in North Philadelphia are outfitted with carbonized bamboo floors and Bosch appliances. Onion Flats designed the medium-density fiberboard screen, whose round perforations serve as a filter for sunlight and a playful surface for children.

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Sam Oberter
Originally appeared in Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design to the Masses
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M House roof shape from the interior, Melbourne

In this Melbourne house, ample floor space lets the kitchen double as a playroom. The roof’s geometric shape also helps the interior feel more expansive than it is. 

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Originally appeared in A Unique Roofline Draws Light Into This Melbourne Home
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McLean, Virginia, Bridge House Eat-In Kitchen

Equipped with an LG refrigerator and Thermador wall oven, an eat-in kitchen in a McLean, Virginia home can fit three generations of a family at the dining table and natural stone island.

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Originally appeared in This Woodland Home in Virginia Was Built for Modern, Multigenerational Living
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Austin Tree House Kitchen

In an Austin kitchen, a Silestone White Storm countertop provides plenty of prep space. In the adjoining dining area, a Caboche suspension light by Foscarini hangs over a CB2 dining table and Real Good Chairs by Blu Dot. The living room sits a few steps down from the kitchen-dining area.

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Brian Mihealsick
Originally appeared in A Mighty Oak Tree Frames This Family Home in Austin
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Modern home in Finland with sauna has custom birch cabinets and island in kitchen and a lofted family room

In this Finnish home, the kitchen comes with an adjacent play space. The loft above the kitchen is a family room used mainly for playing music: piano, guitar, trombone, and drums.

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Originally appeared in This Home Will Make You Want to Build Your Own Sauna
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Kitchen with Blu Dot barstools.

This home near Lake Tahoe is built for relaxing family vacations. The heavily trafficked island is a custom design, inspired by a 1960s Dansk tray.

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Originally appeared in The Ski Retreat for All Seasons
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Modern Texan addition and renovation with sliding reclaimed wood pantry door in kitchen

A modern bungalow addition for a growing family in Austin features a joint kitchen and dining room with ample pantry space. Featuring reclaimed wood from the original house, a single sliding door covers only half of the kitchen pantry. An additional full-size pantry is located inside the laundry room, toward the original bungalow. 

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Originally appeared in 1920s Bungalow Plus Modern Addition Equals Perfect Austin Home
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Amsterdam canal house kitchen with belgian granite countertops

The kitchen of a home on an Amsterdam canal “is where it all happens,” says architect Huib Van Zeijl. As the hub of the home, the room is situated at the front of the house and features a minimal palette and Belgian granite countertops.

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Originally appeared in A Modern Take on the Pitched-Roof
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Modular Texas home kitchen with maple island and bar stools

This modular family home in Texas is built for three generations of visitors. In the high-activity kitchen, Gliss swivel stools and a Dowel bar stool share space in front of a custom maple kitchen island

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Originally appeared in This Modular Compound Accommodates the Whole Family
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IdeaPaint wall in a kitchen

IdeaPaint, an easy-to-use dry erase paint, creates a playful wall in a family's kitchen.

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