Eat-in Kitchen Inspiration

The Suze, my dad and all her little baby chicks love to congregate in the kitchen.  It really doesn't matter where we are, we find a kitchen and park our fluffy rear-ends.  Something about being in close proximity to food makes my family comfortable and happy.  We are not a formal family, we don't host dignitaries or bosses at our dinner parties, but rather stray college kids and family friends who enjoy bottles of wine at a time.  Still, The Suze loves to set the table with her fine china for even the most informal occasion.

This is why I love the concept of an eat-in kitchen. In fact, in my parents' house, I would do away with the formal dining room altogether, expand the kitchen and put a giant farmhouse table right down the middle with beautiful monogrammed, linen slip-covered chairs and lanterns overhead.  The Suze had the same idea, and, like she always says "great minds think alike!" (My husband would argue, "people who think you can easily just knock out a wall think alike") So here's some inspiration Mom!

Sharon Mimran 

Bellacasa via Cote De Texas 

Southern Accents 

My Home Ideas 

Princess Margaret Showhome

Hillary Hayne in House Beautiful

Suzanne Kasler in House Beautiful 

via Cote de Texas 

via Habitually Chic

via La Dolce Vita 

My Home Ideas 

Tommy Smythe

Steven Gambrel 

Windsor Smith 

Jackye Lanham via Cote de Texas

via Roses and Rust

Windsor Smith


  1. All great examples, several of them are in my files. I love the look of a big farm table in a kitchen especially with the addition of the wing chairs, so fun!! Kathysue

  2. LOVE all your ideas, hope your mom is sold on the idea! I love a great big rustic table, to me in invites family and friends to feel welcome and stick around....such a beautiful but still casual look, it works even in the most formal of homes. Great post.

  3. these are amazing. i immediately gravitate toward kitchens with high contrast and a heavy, wood farmhouse table, so i am loving all of your suggestions!

  4. All beautiful kitchens. It would be hard to choose! Lovely post. x Sharon

  5. I love eat in kitchens, too. The house that I grew up in (from age 11 to college, the longest I lived anywhere as a child) had a big kitchen with an ample sized eat in area. In the house that we are building, the kitchen is in a wing, so it was tricky to figure out where to place the kitchen table. My architect originally had a transition space between the family room and kitchen for the table, but we ended up widening the wing so that the kitchen would be eat in. The space looks so big now, since there are no cabinets yet (very soon!), but I think it will look great once we get the cabinets, island, and kitchen table in there.

    Fantastic post! So happy to have found your blog this morning.


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