Well, if you suspect that I'm featuring this kitchen because there happens to be a cat figuring prominently in the room, you'd be at least half right. There are, as well, plenty of design lessons ripe for the learning. One is the compatibility between the traditional architecture and the contemporary appliances and cabinetry. Another detail I like: The elevated seating alcove. There's something reassuringly ritualistic about about stepping up into such a niche; it's simultaneously cozy and open.