Business: Kitchen Comeback

Said a Seattle housewife last week: "We spend at least 50% of our waking hours in the kitchen. It would be silly not to make it one of the nicest rooms in the house."

Making the kitchen a nice room has meant a drastic change in kitchen design. In the '30s and '40s it was fashionable to compress the kitchen into a space-saving, antiseptic cubicle. But as postwar families grew, kitchens grew with them. Since the war and the shortage of domestic help, whole houses are virtually being designed around colorful, labor-saving kitchens that can also serve as all-purpose living space for...

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