I was pleased to help out with this article published in the Philadelphia Inquirer today. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Reintroducing the dining, family, living, social space – the kitchen
The kitchen is emerging as the Swiss army knife of rooms.
No longer hidden behind swinging doors, kitchens have become the multitasking heart of the home.
“Because the recession has had an emotional impact on us, there tends to be a return to hearth and home,” says Janice Anne Costa, editor of Kitchen & Bath Design News. “People are doing more at home – working, entertaining, cooking, crafting, enjoying hobbies. . . . We think of the kitchen as a personal place. . . . There’s an emotional resonance that goes with being in my home with my friends and surrounded by the things I love.”
The number of homes larger than 2,500 square feet dwindled between 2007 and 2009, according to a recent HUD survey, but officials say the American kitchen did not shrink along with the rest of the house.