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September 16, 2013
Kitchens are the heart of the home and no one likes a cold barren heart or kitchen—especially as the air gets chilly and thoughts of family holidays approach. Our third Fall design trend (see Warm Woods and Gold, Brass, & Copper Accents) is all about comfortable kitchens. Here, we click through some kitchen inspirations that are cozy yet modern. Fresh hot apple pie not included.

The kitchen in this Long Island summer home was remodeled with Ikea components while maintaining it's rustic warm charm.

Photo by Raimund Koch.

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This Brooklyn kitchen remodel used remilled Douglas-fir beams salvaged from upstate New York to add clever storage as well as create a casual and comfortable feel.

photo by: Matthew Williams

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Charles de Lisle, of the interior design firm Your Space, designed the kitchen backsplash of PVC rubber flooring embedded with stainless steel "plus" signs. The restaurant supply table is flanked by steel-and-wood Lem Piston stools from Design Within Reac

The warm woods and rich colors of this suburban kitchen add to it's cozy size. A comfortable kitchen is one that encourages time spent over morning coffee.

photo by: Robert Schlatter

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Modern kitchen with elm cabinets

Black stone worktops, waxed concrete walls, and the traditional rustic tiles (called “witjes”) give textural and tonal variety and offset the warm woody tones that dominate this kitchen. The rustic theme is continued in the iron hooks and bars—simple but effective fittings. All these details make you feel like you could really cook up a storm.

Photo by Rene Mesman.

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Now rented out as an office/retail space, the downstairs contains a kitchen, which is fitted with Ikea lamps and steel shelving by Azevedo. For the flooring she glued down fiber-cement HardiePanel siding more commonly used for building walls, both because

San Francisco architect Christi Azevedo created a cozy and inviting kitchen through lighting and color palette and did it very affordably, thanks to a sanded acrylic sheet used as a countertop, flooring made of cheap HardiPanel exterior siding (just $1 per square foot), Ikea pendant lights, and a reconditioned vintage stove snagged on Craigslist for $15. Azevedo put her metalworking skills to good use creating the open shelving out of hot-rolled steel. A rolling ladder ensures access to the highest shelves.

photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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In her spacious kitchen, Mahnaz Fashandi prepares for Persian New Year with her brother Mohsen and her parents Mohammad and Azam.

Ultimately a comfortable kitchen is one filled with loved ones, food, and fun. In her spacious kitchen, Mahnaz Fashandi prepares for Persian New Year with her brother Mohsen and her parents Mohammad and Azam.

Photo by Justin Fantl

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Originally appeared in Family Matters
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dolce burnham residence after kitchen 2

The kitchen in this Long Island summer home was remodeled with Ikea components while maintaining it's rustic warm charm.

Photo by Raimund Koch.

Photo by Raimund Koch.

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