Lauren's Everything-in-Reach Kitchen

Small Cool Kitchens 2013


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San Diego, CA
Square Feet:
What makes your small kitchen so cool:
Three things: 1) The galley layout, which maximizes the small space and means everything is always in reach. 2) Our landlord's decision to knock out a wall and move the fridge out to the dining room, which sounds strange but opens the kitchen up immensely. And 3) The east-facing skylight, which brings in lots of natural light, especially early in the mornings.
Describe a challenge you've overcome or a smart resource you've found for your kitchen.
When we moved in, the kitchen had no counter space on either side of the stove. We immediately set out to Ikea and hacked a freestanding base cabinet to include a butcher block countertop and a tiny raised bar, which has become the workhorse in our kitchen: it makes pulling ingredients out of our awkwardly placed fridge a cinch and provides a place to rest a drink, a safe spot for a laptop or cookbook, and a place for friends to lean on and chat when we're cooking for a crowd. The best part is that it's freestanding, so we can take it with us when we leave.
What's your favorite meal to cook here?
We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and enjoy almost every meal, but if we had to pick a favorite, it'd be the few times a year we cue up Dr. John, make a batch of Sazeracs, and simmer an enormous pot of Chuck Taggart's gumbo for all our friends.

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