I've embraced the galley concept, using every inch of counter and wall space to have everything close at hand. I got to design the kitchen from scratch while keeping the existing footprint - we took everything out down to the studs. It's a practical working space but it also fits with the style of our 1928 bungalow and looks like it's always been there.
Describe a challenge you've overcome or a smart resource you've found for your kitchen.:
When we bought the house, the 7x14 kitchen only had one full sized drawer (and one half drawer full of take-out menus), impractical cabinets (the shelves were only half deep and soffits above wasted space) and two tiny sections of counter space. The Ikea planner wouldn't actually let me design a kitchen this small, so the measurements on the attached floor plan are a bit bigger than real life. I planned and managed the entire demolition and installation (and did the countertop, backsplash, and painting myself). I chose Ikea frames/drawers for their space efficiency and organization. Glass front uppers and a pressed tin backsplash help brighten the kitchen that is shaded most of the day by a large oak tree. And the custom stained glass piece from Etsy covers an ugly gutter than runs across the top six inches of the window.
What's your favorite meal to cook here?:
I'm a baker, so in the summer I make a pie just about every every week. In the winter, a favorite is roasted chicken with herbed mashed potatoes and caramelized asparagus.