Today’s kitchens are about so much more than cooking. They have become a gathering place of their own. Kitchens can be both highly functional AND inviting. While most kitchen cabinets are built-in, touches like an English butcher block for an island can serve as a statement piece, adding interest as well as additional counter space. A round, pedestal table can transform a corner into a cozy breakfast nook for casual dining, while minimalist counter stools can add major style as family and friends gather for a drink or chat as dinner is being prepared. High bar or counter tables matched with industrial-style stools create a modern atmosphere. A hand-knotted rug is a perfect way to soften hard tile floors. Make sure to opt for something with low pile and a high knot count to withstand the wear and tear.