More often than not, the family will spend most of their time in the kitchen - eating and (hopefully) chatting. Open plans - combining the living area to create a big everyday space - is still popular but more and more, clients are asking to be self contained.
As with every aspect of interior design, it's the little things that matter - handles, glass, surfaces et al - big attention to the small stuff makes the big stuff work. And with the knowledge that I use re-usable products where I can, my designs will - literally - make food easier to swallow.
Plus, you'll always be in there at parties so let's make it something to shout about.