Before & After: Elegant Gramercy Park Studio Kitchen

updated May 24, 2019
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A tiny, windowless kitchen with no natural light and only 54 square feet to work with. Is it possible to create an elegant, sophisticated kitchen for an avid cook who throws dinner parties nearly every weekend? Why yes! And it’s absolutely beautiful. Take a look at this lovely before and after in a New York City studio apartment.

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This 6×9 studio kitchen was remodeled by Frances Herrera, who also created this bright studio kitchen renovation we recently saw.

This kitchen is in a studio apartment in Gramercy Park, New York City. The client was a young, single working professional who loves to cook and to entertain. So the designer’s goal was to create a space that was classic, timeless, and sophisticated — and a showstopper for future dinner parties! The kitchen is open to the elegant dining room (also seen above) so its jewelbox quality really enhances the decor of the dining room.

The designer says that she designed this tiny kitchen to feel grand yet be practical, functional and of course low maintenance for a fast-paced lifestyle. Also, like many New York City apartments, the kitchen has no natural light, so she incorporated cabinet lighting, under-cabinet lighting, and a ceiling fixture to make it bright and airy. The Kraft Maid white painted cabinets feel fresh, while the stainless appliances along with the polished steel hardware and faucet reflect light and add sparkle.

The biggest challenge and most important element in maximizing this little kitchen was using compact appliances that didn’t overwhelm the small space. They needed to be proportional to the size of the overall space, and this plus the soft monochromatic color palette gives the illusion that the space is larger. The 24″ stainless steel gas range is Fisher-Paykel. The 24″ refrigerator and 18″ dishwasher are GE and the 22″ microwave is LG.

The light gray ceramic subway backsplash gives a classic feel to this space yet still modern. The countertop is Caesarstone which is virtually indestructible and easy to maintain.

When all was said and done, the final price tag on the kitchen was $22,000, which included labor and all materials used.

What a lovely kitchen; we are so impressed!

• More information about the designer, Frances Herrera, and her firm: Interiors By Francesca

(Images: Interiors By Francesca)