Curves and color! A friend describes the look of our house as "cheerful." When we found it, it was a drab, post WW2 "cracker box" begging for help. The kidney-shaped island not only makes us smile, it serves as a place to cook, eat, visit, watch TV, and work on projects.
When I bought my apartment, the kitchen was just a little separate nook with virtually no counter space and very little storage. I completely gutted the space and was able to create my ideal kitchen with tons of storage space and counter space (and a dishwasher!). This kitchen was a labor of love - I had so much fun through the whole process shopping around for deals and finding all the pieces to make the whole project come together.
The kitchen is light and bright and feels much bigger than 40 feet. I cook and entertain often, and have never felt my kitchen was small. The best part about my kitchen is that the view is out onto my garden, while I'm making coffee or prepping for dinner.
When most people would have updated or completely demolished this tiny 65 square foot cottage kitchen from 1946, we decided to restore it and find appliances and fixtures that would work well with the charming old space. It's the perfect harmony of vintage and contemporary, of functional and quirky, from the custom Viking professional range to the original scalloped trim on the vintage cabinets. As small as it is, it even has a decent sized pass-through by which everyone can hang out and still be apart of the action while cooking and entertaining.
The long prep counter makes it possible for a couple of us to be chopping while others are at the stove or rummaging through the overpacked fridge. Open to the dining and living rooms, the space is the social epicentre of the house.
Believe it or not this kitchen is a MAJOR upgrade from the apartment I moved out of a month ago. I love the big pantry and full dishwasher, and I get lots of sunlight from the small window above the stove. It's a pleasure to cook in this cozy little kitchen, it makes me very happy!
Even though it is a small galley kitchen, it is very functional for cooking and baking. There is lots of storage, and the double farmhouse sink is great for washing the dishes. (We chose not to install a dishwasher in this small space.)
I grew up in Los Angeles and live in Brooklyn now. My kitchen has gorgeous Spanish Colonial tiles that remind me of California, but it also works with the space limitations of a NY apartment, incorporating floor to ceiling cabinets and compact appliances. The result is a mix of East Coast and West Coast, and I love it!
To us, our kitchen is great because we've gotten to experiment and build it ourselves since we bought this house, our first, on Halloween. We've done everything since the 'before' image from scratch, just the two of us. We feel like that makes it about as personal as it can be.
We've loved seeing all the submissions so far to our annual Small Cool Kitchens contest, and here's a reminder to keep 'em coming — but keep 'em coming fast, because today is the last day you can enter! We're only accepting submissions until tonight, July 22nd, at 18:00 EST. After that the submission form will close.
So whip that kitchen into shape and send it on over! You don't want to miss out on a chance to win some terrific prizes from Staub, Le Creuset, Schmidt Bros Cutlery, Cuisinart, SodaStream, and more. (Check out all the prizes here!)