Sometimes a show house (or room) is so over-the-top that mere mortals can't relate. However, this year's "Kitchen of the Year" from House Beautiful is full of smart tips that even the renters among us (myself included) can enjoy.
A built in banquette and library ladder (my favorite!) add ample storage to the kitchen (always a plus for the NYC dweller in me). If you can't install your own banquette, you can always add a bench against the wall for a similar feel. Homegoods is full of good ones.
Even Fido has a special spot in this custom island.
From House Beautiful. Designed by Ken Fulk.