When we did the kitchen renovation one of my must haves was a desk area or a "command central" station. There wasn't really a logical place for it in the kitchen so we squeezed it in between the foyer and the kitchen. Our architect really wanted to put a small coat closet therebut I stuck to my guns and couldn't be happier with the result (after all we do have a mudroom)!
We each have a cubby, and I have a place to store cookbooks, recipes and phone books. Orginally, I wanted open shelving, but the cabinet came in wrong and we decided to stick with it. I'm so glad we did because it's not exactly neat looking!
A few months ago, I was taking the children to the dentist and saw this antique piano stool in the window. I went in and looked at it but it was too expensive for me. However, several weeks went by and I was still thinking about it so I went back to the store to look again. The price had dropped significantly so I swooped it up! It swivels so the height can be adjusted for me or the children. I love it when I accidentally find something!