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Posted at 05:12 AM ET, 03/15/2012

The kitchens of Top Chefs and local designers (photos)

Former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn at his home kitchen in the Atlas District. Mendelsohn owns Good Stuff Eatery and We the Pizza in Capitol Hill. (John McDonnell - THE WASHINGTON POST)
When designing a home kitchen, there are many things to consider: What kind of cabinets do you like? How large is your family? Are their multiple cooks in the household?

Creating the right set-up makes cooking an enjoyable, and sometimes fun, experience. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to decorate and design your own kitchen, look no further.

We’ve put together a gallery of home kitchens from Top Chef contestants (such as Spike Mendelsohn, pictured above), White House staffers and local designers. Get tips on space-saving techniques for storing appliances and learn how to make a kitchen one of the most attractive rooms at your house.

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