By Kieran DiTullio
Formal dining rooms are certainly nice, but for busy families an eat-in kitchen nook that's cozy and easygoing will always be the most appealing place for grabbing a bite. Fortunately, your kitchen needn't be the size of a gymnasium to have one of these gathering spots. Many options exist, no matter what your available square footage or preferred design style. In this contemporary kitchen, two built-in benches create a nook out of the slimmest of spaces; the sleek table, brown leather upholstery, and linen drum pendant light lend a modern simplicity.