When we see open kitchen storage it's usually in the form of floating shelves. But for those who want the look without quite that much exposure, try this: cabinet cubbies! Because of their space restrictions, cabinet cubbies force editing, so you're less likely to end up with a messy, mismatched row of kitchen stuff (open shelving's biggest critique). The glass door cabinets right above the cubbies are also a nice compromise: see the pretty dishes inside without worrying about the cleaning upkeep!
If you like this kitchen, you can check out the full tour at Apartment Therapy. And if you're curious about the color of the cabinets (as I was), the lower cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball "Green Stone" while the upper cabinets are painted in "Bone."
Related: How Do I Find (and Install) Floating Shelves for the Kitchen?
(Images: Bethany Nauert/Apartment Therapy)