Location: Mount Vernon, NY
Size & Type: 64 square feet in a rented 1 bedroom apartment in a 1920s converted house
Favorite resource: Ikea for adjustable wire shelving and Home Depot for the paint and plywood shelves.
Inspiration: Small but efficient restaurant kitchens where I used to cook, which had room on either side of the stove, tools easily at hand, and clear areas for prep (deep enough for bowls and ingredients behind the cutting board)....
Inspiration, continued: To keep the work table free of appliances, I made room for them in the narrow shelving unit. For low-cost style in this modest kitchen in a rented apartment, I matched paint colors to the dishcloths and used them for the shelves, and added other touches of color where I could. Sunlight from the window is inspiring, except when there is a nor'easter.
Tip: For a small kitchen, get a double-bowled sink, one side extra deep (covered in the photograph by the metal drain board and colander); when cooking several dishes simultaneously, used utensils and pots and pans can be stashed on the deep side, out of your way until you're ready to clean up.