Marc Snetiker
November 20, 2013 AT 07:43 PM EST

Flaming toasters, flying pancakes, family squabbles: the Dunphy’s kitchen has seen it all — and now the walls are talking. 

In EW’s annual Hollywood Design Report (on newsstands now) production designer Claire Bennett and set designer Brian Kasch walk us through Modern Family‘s little slice of suburbia to explain the thinking behind the bold color choices and artfully cluttered workspaces and reveal hidden gems like the family growth chart and baby photos.

Click through the gallery for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the set.

Island Living

Most of the action in the Dunphy kitchen revolves around the island at the center of the room.  “Richard Berg, the original designer, created this great kitchen island that allows so much movement and really gives a sense of the family life,” explains Bennett. “There are so many scenes that play around that area, so it’s definitely a great focal point for the set.” Each detail is so well thought-out, the designers have begun to feel a kindred connection to the Dunphys. “I definitely see my family reflected,” says Kasch. “Our kitchen island is the hub of our world, especially in the morning. The kids going off to school, Phil and Claire going off to work — it’s that morning hubbub that to me is the most reminiscent.”

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