Today's homeowners are spending more time eating in, entertaining at home, experimenting with new recipes, and multitasking. That might mean watching TV or reading the paper while stirring a pot of chili. Or supervising math homework and checking out Facebook while rotating batches of cookies through the oven for the next PTA meeting. In this new normal, the kitchen island has taken on an expanded role as the hub and heart of the home. It’s a preferred spot for cooking, homework, entertaining, storage, mobile computing, organizing, cleaning up, and hanging out. Everyday life tends to revolve around this anchor element, which can come in myriad shapes, sizes, materials, and configurations. Savor the possibilities.