Craftsman Kitchen in Deephaven, Minnesota by David Heide Design

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“This kitchen grew out of Sunday Supper — our client’s standing invitation to 15 friends to make dinner together each week,” says the staff of David Heide Design Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “When she remodeled her 1905 Craftsman-style lakefront house, she wanted a kitchen that would accommodate large parties, multiple cooks, and ample seating for kibitzers — yet be intimate enough for her own day-to-day use.” The result is a kitchen that, amazingly enough, holds multiple prep spaces and plenty of serving areas, but is still cozy – an effect partially achieved by the warmth of period-style cabinets. The octagonal-shaped table, with its intricate carving detail, is ample without being overpowering; granite countertops provide a clean-lined workspace that plays off the grass-green and white walls beautifully.

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The total effect is a delightful harmony with the woods outside the home, an element that is key for maximizing use of this kitchen for a range of dining options. An eat-in island is perfect for quick snacks and conversation with the cook, while a breakfast room overlooks the garden and captures morning light. The formal dining room is available for crowds, from Sunday Supper to parties for dozens. And finally, through the open doors leading to the porch, the vista of lake and woods provide a romantic backdrop for dinner for two, watching the sun set over the water. An outdoor buffet, matching in style and finish to the indoor cabinetry, offers extra storage for tablecloths, dishes, or decorations. The sum of these parts indeed adds up to warmth and welcome — for both the family that enjoys this every day, and any guests lucky enough to be a part of an evening’s gathering.

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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