Is It Custom? Or IKEA? A Swedish Architect's Kitchen

Country Home

We really loved the photos of this family kitchen. It was designed on a budget by Swedish architect Christine Albertsson, who owns a Minneapolis architecture firm with her husband. When they renovated their own kitchen, they wanted to do it on a modest budget but still honor their clean, modern aesthetic. So they turned to the Swedish flat-pack giant – but they added a few touches that make their kitchen look much more custom.

The two architects were trying to integrate a new, modern kitchen addition into their 1920s home. They used white oak, off-the-rack cabinets from IKEA, which really helped keeped their budget down.

But they had to make a few adjustments to help the design challenges of using non-custom cabinets. They recommend avoiding corner cabinets when at all possible, and to start with your cabinets as the first consideration. Make decisions about other appliances and additions after the cabinets are planned out.

We love the way it all turned out, and if you're considering IKEA cabinets for your kitchen, it could be a very inspiring read.

• Read the whole article: Swedish Style Kitchen at Country Home

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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