This Sunny Eat-In Kitchen Has the Smartest Floor Plan and Flow

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This Sunny Eat-In Kitchen Has the Best FlowRobert Peterson

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A harmonious cooking environment is as much about what you see when you look up as it is about the task at hand. In converting a formerly supersized dining room in our 2022 Whole Home in Atlanta, designer Whittney Parkinson let the floor-to-ceiling windows lead the way. “I didn’t want to obstruct that view, instead I wanted to embrace it. All of the elements in this kitchen were based on aligning with that window,” she says. Mirrored glass tile above the backsplash reflects back the daylight, not people. To maximize space and storage, she created a refrigeration wall on the left and replicated the look with closed storage on the right. Two seating areas, at the island and breakfast table, provide plenty of room for a large family to spread out, while an attached wine niche, scullery, and pantry make this space entertaining-ready.

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table setting
Tomas Espinoza

An antique pedestal table has already stood the test of time, primed for a busy family. Skirted chairs from Lee Industries round out the casual corner. Dinnerware from the Morris & Co. x Williams Sonoma collection creates a table set for anytime entertaining.


bread in the oven
Tomas Espinoza

The main prep area houses several key appliances from Signature Kitchen Suite. Their new 48" refrigerator sits on one wall and has four drawers, including one that makes Craft Ice and another that can be set to five different temperature settings. Across from the Elkay sink, their hardworking and versatile 48" range is outfitted with four gas burners, an induction cooktop, sous vide, and two ovens, making every recipe easily achievable.


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scullery sink
Tomas Espinoza

This windowless pass-through offers a secondary prep space for gatherings. To brighten it up, Parkinson used the same mirrored tile from Ann Sacks that’s above the sink in the kitchen, Caesarstone for the backsplash, and a Grothouse walnut countertop. A built-in microwave, dishwasher, and two undercounter refrigeration drawers from Signature Kitchen Suite make it nearly as functional as the primary kitchen. Sink and faucet: Elkay.


open shelving filled with cooking supplies
Robert Peterson

Across from the scullery, a walk-in pantry keeps small appliances and kitchenware from Wayfair within reach. Fixed lower shelves are paneled with Caesarstone, while upper shelves are adjustable. A 30" Combi Wall Oven from Signature Kitchen Suite offers a secondary space for roasting the perfect pork loin or cooking up batches of cookies. Countertop: Grothouse. Wallcovering: Phillip Jeffries. Floating shelves: Caesarstone. Hardware: Rocky Mountain Hardware.


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Inspired by an original May Morris design, this Morris & Co. wallpaper showcases birds and flower heads in a fruit tree, adding whimsy to a very adult space. Two Signature Kitchen Suite wine columns complete with two drawers to store cocktail plates and napkins, offset the François & Co. brass serving area.


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English-inspired accents, which Parkinson chose to play into the modern tudor style of the house, give the bright and airy room a traditional edge.


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