In my house, we sleep in the bedrooms, relax in the family room, and we live in the kitchen. It is the meeting place after a long day and the hub of activity during a weekend at home. When hosting guests, I find myself entertaining more and more from my modestly sized kitchen. Even though we don't intend to host by the oven, as house layouts trend increasingly toward open concepts, the kitchen is no longer a hidden room for immediate family. Instead, it has become a shared space for all who visit. I have found bringing decor and design into the kitchen a challenging but fun experience. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when decorating your kitchen.