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The Blue-Plate Special

Dressed to chill, this diner-style kitchen is equally suited to convenient cooking, casual dining, and serious hanging out

The kitsch level in this diner-style kitchen is basically nonexistent (no life-size replica of the Fonz), but the convenience and conviviality of midcentury diners are very much in play. Counter and booth seating are both available out front; all cooking and cleaning is done in the back. Builder Greg Brooks describes his team's efforts at integrating midcentury design with the homeowners' Japanese collection. The result is a modern palette of stainless-steel counters, stained-maple cabinets, and colorful bursts of Marmoleum. A demure window seat and a tansu-style cabinet offer the means for leisurely pursuits on the kitchen's perimeter.

The Blue-Plate Special

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