Have enough stools so that a big group of people can sit at the counter.
Organize wood and stainless-steel utensils into separate ceramic crocks.
Always have lemons and limes ready for cooking. A bonus is that they add great color to the kitchen.
A great stove to have is one with a convection oven for baking and gas burners for cooking. This one pictured is a Viking Professional Custom Series.
Have breakfast essentials in one corner, such as a Dualit Toaster and Braun Juicer.
Open shelves keep dishware and glasses organized and accessible.
Keep cutting boards and cooling racks in a basket, since they usually to do not fit in the cabinets or drawers.
A garden is not nessessary to grow herbs. You can grow them in pots.
You do not have to have fancy centerpieces. Here she put fresh flowers in glasses and tangerines in small bowls to create color.
Make it easy to dine outdoors by having furniture that can withstand the elements.
Ina Garten has more ideas for your kitchen at House Beautiful.