When you're renovating a kitchen, the tasks ahead can seem so monumental and numerous that getting around to the little details is a distant, far-off fantasy. These five kitchens - entries to our previous Small Cool Kitchens contest - made it through the tough stuff to the finishing touches, though, and implemented some kitchen dream details that we simply love:
- Power strips: Linear receptacles lining the bottom of the upper cabinets are convenient and plentiful while keeping the backsplash free and clear of outlets in Robert's Delightfully Designed New York Kitchen.
- Cookbook Shelf: An open shelf just to the left of the range is expressly for this purpose in Tanya's Former Light Bulb Factory Kitchen in East Boston
- Light: We love the low sill height of the window in Alice's Light and Casual Las Vegas Kitchen (and the blue cabinet pulls!).
- Custom Touch: The suspended open shelves in Lucy's Classic Yet Modern Kitchen in Washington D.C. were designed by the owners and their builder to keep the upper portion of the kitchen light and open.
- Soapstone: The countertop material in Stella's Modern Bungalow Kitchen in Palo Alto is just. Plain. Gorgeous. We love the veining of the natural material as seen in this photo.
See more past entries to the Small Cool Kitchens Contest 2010 for other dream details put to use in real kitchens. What's your favorite?
(Images: As linked to original contest entrants above)