I am building a new kitchen in the house that my husband and I are renovating, and there is a rather overwhelming array of choices to be made. Tile has been one of those. We're choosing a lot of tile (for baths as well as the kitchen). Subway tile is obviously a terrific and classic choice, and since it can be less than $3/square foot, very economical too. But can inexpensive tile go beyond subway tile? What are some other options for those of us on a strict budget? I took my questions to Kirsty Froelich, the corporate designer of The Tile Shop, a nationwide tile retail chain. Here's some of her advice on choosing tile when you're on a budget.
Every once in a while we like to take a look at kitchen renovations done by professional design studios. They're usually more aspirational than achievable for many of us, but they still provide great visual inspiration and ideas. The kitchen you see above once belonged to a couple who, after finding themselves empty-nesters, decided to sell their high-maintenance beachfront home. The Emily LaMarque Design Studio, based in West Hollywood, stripped the kitchen to its studs, knocked down a few walls, and turned the dated design into a glamorous kitchen befitting its covetable waterfront location.
So, you have a tiny kitchen with nary an extra foot for a standard dining table. Take a cue from this Swedish kitchen and build in a pull-out table extension. Add legs (more on that below) and you've got yourself a sweet table for two!
If you have ever renovated, updated, or simply added some extra storage or accessories to your kitchen, you have probably at least considered IKEA. Their low-cost, stylish kitchens simply cannot be beat for price. The new IKEA 2013 catalog is just out, so we paged through to see where IKEA kitchen design is headed this year — and whether there were some trends and ideas to swipe from the pages of the catalog.
If you cook in a small kitchen, you know that keeping things organized and accessible is absolutely essential. If you've conquered the small kitchen conundrums, we applaud you! But we know many of you still struggle with finding cheap, easy-to-implement ways to maximize your space constraints and reduce your stress levels. Well, these five products are the place to start - and they're completely DIY and renter-friendly!
It's almost heeeere! Our annual Small, Cool Kitchens contest launches later today (look for it soon on the site), so in celebration we went through past years' contests and pulled a few favorites. Do you remember Kathleen's totally serene rental kitchen? Or Megumi's metal file cabinets that she repurposed as kitchen cabinets? Check 'em all out above, and be inspired. There's no kitchen too small for style, functionality, and some serious cooking.
When it's burning up outside, we're not far from wishing we could cool off with the cucumbers inside of the refrigerator. Really fuel those daydreams with a glass-door refrigerator that lets you gaze inside at its cool, comfy contents:
We love peeking into food professionals' home kitchens. How do chefs and bakers cook at home? What is their space like? Here's an especially inspiring little kitchen in the West Village of New York City, inhabited with charm and cheer by Mark Wynsma, the pastry chef at Commerce Restaurant.
When I arrived at Samin Nosrat's house, her front door (which, appropriately, also happens to be her kitchen door) was wide open. I could see her shuffling around inside with a rag underneath each foot as she hastily dried her freshly washed kitchen floor. With sparkling eyes and a wide smile she shuffled forward and welcomed me into her kitchen.