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Kitchen of the Week: Bold Color-Blocking and a Central Banquette

Nancy Palda’s 1990s builder’s house didn’t have the kind of kitchen and dining space she needed for all the entertaining she does. Palda has a large extended family, and her home is where they gather for their frequent get-togethers. “She’s a big personality, high-energy and exciting,” architect Ben Awes says. “And the kitchen is her most important space.” 

Awes created a lounge-style banquette in the middle of the kitchen and, by eliminating the home’s formal dining room, nearly tripled the 200-square-foot space. Now Palda finally has a kitchen and dining area large enough — and dynamic enough — for her lifestyle.