When I started this site almost six years ago, the idea was to help celebrate the kitchen as a place of nourishment, inspiration and joy. It was a spinoff of Apartment Therapy, so while I was a food writer and interested in the actual activity that takes place in the kitchen, we also decided to celebrate the room itself. The design, the functionality, all the questions and answers people have when they reach to make their kitchen the best room in the home – these elements are also important parts of the site.
One way we celebrate the more challenging spaces that people cook in is our Small Cool Kitchens Contest. And today I'm thrilled to announce the winner of this year's event. Read on for the big news!
We have seen so many lovely, inspiring small kitchens over the last several weeks. It seemed impossible to choose among them! But the readers have spoken, and here are the four finalists in our Small Cool Kitchens contest — two kitchens from the Owned category, and two from the Rented.
You only have 18 hours to choose your favorite among these four. Which one do you like the best? Elizabeth's bold, inexpensive makeover? Jana and Peter's lovingly remodeled kitchen? Kathleen's serene rental kitchen? Or Jason's clever rental remodel on a budget? Come look through them all, and then vote!
LOCATION: Washington D.C.
SIZE: 110 square feet
WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL: Since we live in a rowhouse, it was important to keep it light and airy. The open shelving, with rotating objects and favorite pieces of art, goes a long way...
LOCATION: Flat Rock, NC
SIZE: 43 square feet
WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL: I love the cheerful efficiency of my small cottage kitchen. With the tiny footprint and open shelving, I can wash, stir, simmer, and put things away without moving from my place in front of the window.
LOCATION: Long Beach, CA
SIZE: 48 square feet
WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL: It's bright and happy, and everything I need is within reach. It's also good for portion control because if I gain weight I will no longer be able to fit into my "one fanny" kitchen.
LOCATION: Madison, WI
SIZE: 103 square feet
WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL: This may sound nutty, but it feels like this is the kitchen this house was always supposed to have. We tried hard not to over-modernize, but to instead stay true to the rest of the space. It's warm and welcoming and looks much bigger than it is.
LOCATION: New York, NY
SIZE: 100 square feet
WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL: What makes our kitchen so cool is that we were able to install all the luxuries we needed in our small space (one wall to be exact). For example, we were able to install a space maker dishwasher underneath the sink and also a 22 inch microwave (specifically made for RV's) over our 24 inch stove. We love the clean lines and simplicity of our kitchen while still looking very hip and modern.
LOCATION: Charlotte, NC
SIZE: 110 square feet
WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL: The new kitchen design is a balance of old and modern which better suits the age of the house (it was built in the 1920’s). Taking out the divider wall and replacing the tile floor with wood to match the dining area creates one big, open and inviting space.