We’ve Seen the Small/Cool Contest Winner’s Kitchen and It’s OMG
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Take a look at the Before and Afters!
Jun 23, 2022
Before & After: A 1977 Camper Gets a Fresh Redo for About $8,500
Before & After
The kitchen is the best part!
May 21, 2022
Before & After: A Dingy Studio Kitchen Gets a DIY Makeover That Pulls Inspiration from a Cute Bar in Italy
Before & After
The bar was actually designed by Wes Anderson!
Apr 25, 2022
Before & After: A Kitchenette from the 1980s Gets a Sophisticated DIY Revamp
Before & After
The hood over the stove is awesome.
Jan 9, 2022
The Winner of Apartment Therapy’s Small/Cool Contest Transformed Her Old, Dark Kitchen with Just a Bit of Paint
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This apartment used to belong to the winner's grandparents!
May 17, 2021
The Winner of Apartment Therapy’s Small/Cool Contest Has One Amazing KitchenKitchen
The kitchen actually used to be a bedroom! And the fridge sits where a Murphy bed used to live!
Jun 9, 2020
The Best Organizing Ideas We Learned from Airstreams, RVs, and Other Homes on Wheels
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What they have in mobility, RVs, Airstreams, and trailers lack in space. That means the owners are sure to get a little creative.
Mar 24, 2020
Real Kitchens That’ll Inspire: 15 Small Cool Kitchens To Check Out Now!Kitchen
Apartment Therapy just wrapped up their annual Small, Cool Contest. Did you follow along? There were so many great small kitchens in the mix! If you need a little inspiration for your small space, start with these 15 kitchens to get the ideas flowing. (And seriously, isn’t Silvana’s multitasking Italian kitchen, shown in the first photo, so awesome?
Mar 11, 2020
30 Small Cool Kitchens from Real HomesKitchen
Apartment Therapy’s biggest event of the year, Small Cool 2011 just wrapped, and the winners were announced. It was a complete festival of inspiring compact homes this year — nearly 200 entries from teeny-tiny to small. We took this as an opportunity to dig through this year’s entries and pull out the most inspiring small kitchens. From sleek, all-white modern kitchens to simple and homey spaces, here are 30 small kitchens to inspire.
Feb 21, 2020
This Old School Kitchen Trend Is Making a Comeback — And We’re Into ItKitchen
Just because it’s old school doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
Jan 24, 2020
6 Brilliant Space-Making Solutions for Galley KitchensKitchen
For a long time, galley kitchens have gotten a bad rap as the most undesirable layout. And while they tend to be more on the snug side compared to other designs, they’re not all that bad. For one, they make it easy to hide your mess (you can’t say the same for covetable open-concept kitchens!). They also hold the potential for lots of smart storage. If you happen to be the proud (or not-so-proud?
Jun 9, 2019
5 Things We Learned From the 2013 Small Cool Kitchens ContestKitchen
Our Small Cool Kitchens contest wrapped up this week. Did you enjoy it? We always love this contest because it gives us a unique snapshot of what’s going on in kitchens around the country (and world!). This year, we were reminded of a few trends that aren’t dying anytime soon, some tips to make small kitchens the best they can be, and one hot new color we see hitting it big in the next year.
Jun 6, 2019
The Winners of Small Cool Kitchens 2013!Kitchen
Small Cool Kitchens is our annual celebration of the hardworking kitchens around the world where real people cook, live, and celebrate joyful meals with their friends and family. This year was perhaps the best and most inspiring collection of modest and lovely kitchens we’ve seen yet, and I know I was personally quite inspired by all the great ideas peppered throughout the entries.
Jun 6, 2019
Vote for Your Favorite Small Cool Kitchens Finalist! Voting Ends Tuesday at 12pmKitchen
The ballots are in! Over the past week, our clever judges Steve, Matt, and Amanda and Merrill voted on your choices for the top 5 kitchens in each category. After counting their votes, reading their comments, checking our tallies (and checking them again!) here, without further ado, are the finalists for the Small Cool kitchen of the year!
Jun 6, 2019
Small Cool Kitchens 2013: Announcing Our 10 Semi-Finalists!Kitchen
The votes are in! You’ve voted on your favorite Small Cool Kitchens entries, and the top five in each of the Rent/Own categories have been tallied. Here are all ten of our semi-finalists — lovely and chic!
Jun 6, 2019
Vote! Small Cool Kitchens Week 2Kitchen
The submission portion of our Small Cool Kitchens 2013 contest may be over, but the fun is just beginning! Now we’re into full-on voting mode, and it’s up to you to decide which five kitchens from each division will go on to our judges. Have you looked at all the entries? There are some great ones you won’t want to miss. Click through the slideshow to see all the entries posted from Week 2, and then vote for your favorite!
Jun 6, 2019
Vote! Small Cool Kitchens Week 1Kitchen
Small Cool Kitchens 2013 is in full swing! We’ve already seen some great entries from the first week. Read on to see them all and vote for your favorite!Have you entered your kitchen yet? There’s less than a week left to enter, and we’ve got some great prizes for our four finalists and one grand prize winner. Our friends at Cuisinart, Le Creuset, Edgeware, SodaStream, and Staub have helped us put together packages of terrific kitchen tools.
Jun 6, 2019
5 Organizing Tips to Steal from People Who Live on BoatsKitchen
Well-thought-out houseboat kitchens have plenty of ideas you could steal for your own kitchen — even if it's just in a regular house, far away from water.
Jun 6, 2019
5 Kitchen Questions for Matt Armendariz of MattbitesKitchen
We’ve been introducing you to our judges in the finalist round of Small Cool Kitchens 2013. Today, meet our final panel judge: Matt Armendariz of Mattbites! Matt writes one of my long-time favorite food blogs. He is a pro photographer, writer, and terrific cook who lives and blogs in Southern California. I’ve always loved his sense of humor and vibrant photography. When I found out that he had just finished renovating a home too, I knew he would be a great addition to our panel!
Jun 6, 2019
April’s Light, Bright and White KitchenKitchen
NAME:LOCATION:SIZE:WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL:Visit the entry page to view all five photos and the floorplan, make a comment, select the kitchen as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The kitchens with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many kitchens as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries — the more favorites you find, the better!
Jun 5, 2019
Kathleen’s Super-Bright, Super-Happy KitchenKitchen
NAME:LOCATION:SIZE:WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL:Visit the entry page to view all five photos and the floorplan, make a comment, select the kitchen as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The kitchens with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many kitchens as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries — the more favorites you find, the better!
Jun 5, 2019
Jenniffer’s Small Yet Luxurious KitchenKitchen
NAME:LOCATION:SIZE:WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL:Visit the entry page to view all five photos and the floorplan, make a comment, select the kitchen as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The kitchens with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many kitchens as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries — the more favorites you find, the better!
Jun 5, 2019
7 (Seemingly) Counterintuitive Tricks That Make Small Spaces Feel LargerKitchen
A common mistake when decorating a small space is to assume that everything in it should be equally tiny. But when the furniture, the wall art, and even the rugs are little, the whole room risks feeling itsy-bitsy. Time to think bigger: Introduce just one large-scale statement piece (like the seven stylish rooms that follow) to pull the room together and amp up its style. Note: While these photos don’t always show kitchens or dining rooms, they’ll work for those spaces, too!
Jun 5, 2019
Smallest Coolest Kitchen 2007 Entry #5: Jessica’s Blue and Silver FlairTools
To Contest Page & All Entries(note: deadline has been extended to Monday, April 16th!) Name: JessicaLocation: New York, NYSize & Type: 45 square feet (not including dining area) in a 1 bedroom 5th floor walkup Favorite resource: The local thrift store, to get rid of kitchen miscellaneous stuff. To make everything fit easily, I got rid of most of our kitchen stuff. What we do have we use daily and for multiple purposes (eg. small French tumblers are used for both juice & wine).
May 3, 2019
7 Storage Lessons to Steal from This Stylish Airstream KitchenKitchen
Some people can live together in just 200 square feet of space. And they can do it beautifully, too. Just look at this Airstream trailer, which is home to Natasha Lawyer and Brett Bashaw. Nicknamed the Tin Can Homestead, it’s a marvel of smart, stylish storage. Here are seven smart storage ideas you should steal from their functional-yet-small kitchen and implement in your own tiny space.
May 1, 2019
5 Lessons to Steal from This Kitchen If You Have Limited Counter SpaceKitchen
When you have minimal counter space to prep, work, and cook on, every square inch is precious. Take it from a New Yorker who once prepped a Thanksgiving turkey on the kitchen floor, while chopping mirepoix in the sink and stacking hot bakeware, mixing bowls, and several pounds of potatoes on one square foot of Formica. While this 930-square-foot Austin home has a decent amount of counter space, creative uses of vertical and horizontal space in the kitchen maximize the cooking surfaces available.
May 1, 2019
The Best $150 I Ever Spent on My Teeny-Tiny KitchenTools
When I started my hunt for the perfect tiny New York apartment, I knew that it would probably come with a tiny kitchen, too. I got lucky: My kitchen actually has a full-sized fridge, and it even has an oven. (Yes, there are people in New York who are paying lots and lots of money to rent apartments with no oven.) And while my kitchen is small — it only has two-and-a-half feet of counter space — I saw others that were even smaller.
May 1, 2019
A Tiny Galley Kitchen Gets Brightened Up — And a Ton More StorageKitchen
The “before” kitchen in this Upper West Side two-bedroom wasn’t in terrible condition, but it was plagued by a few issues common to small kitchens: teeny-tiny appliances, and a serious lack of cabinet and counter space. The dark finishes and awkward, chopped-up blocks of cabinets made the small space seem even smaller. The owners, a newly married couple, envisioned a lighter, more streamlined kitchen that would bring a fresh new look to the public spaces of their apartment.
May 1, 2019
10 Brilliant Ways to Make Your Tiny Kitchen Look and Feel Much BiggerKitchen
Feeling confined by the limits of your tiny kitchen? Well, we’re here to tell you that the limits do not exist! All you have to do to improve your tiny kitchen? Master the art of optical illusion! It’s actually pretty easy. Here are a few ways to maximize your space and make your kitchen feel a million times larger than it actually is — try them on for size. If you absolutely need to put more stuff in your tiny space, consider going the acrylic route.
Apr 30, 2019
This House Is Only 200 Square Feet. Here’s What the Kitchen Looks Like.Kitchen
America’s fascination with unconventional living arrangements (ahem, tiny homes) is showing no signs of slowing down. It used to be that the only time I ever came across a tiny home was while watching HGTV, but nowadays you can press a few buttons and buy your very own on Amazon. It’s wild. Perhaps the reason we can’t get enough of tiny homes is because everyone has the same single question on their minds about them: How do people store all their stuff?
Apr 30, 2019
This Remodeled RV Kitchen Is Cuter than Most Normal-Sized KitchensKitchen
Forgoing conventional living arrangements in favor of life on the road in an RV requires a hefty dose of romanticism, and it takes a special sort of someone to really do it right. In this particular case, the special someone(s) are Elyse DeLisle and Amanda Goelz, a creative couple who just last year decided to scrap plans to close on a condo in Florida and instead travel the country in a renovated 1986 Fleetwood Avion that they found on Craigslist.
Apr 30, 2019
This Is the Best Tiny Kitchen We’ve Seen in YearsTools
Illustrator, designer, and creative director Sara Blake is all about the custom touch. “If you are going to be in a space long enough, even if you are a renter, I’ve gotten a lot of value out of custom-built furniture to fit and function the way I need,” Sara says in her House Tour from Apartment Therapy.
Apr 30, 2019
Everyone Needs to Stop Ragging on the Galley KitchenKitchen
I have watched a lot of HGTV. From House Hunters to Fixer Upper, I’ve listened to way too many soon-to-be homeowners describe their dream properties. Everyone wants character and charm, updated bathrooms, hardwood floors, and an open kitchen. I’m with them until this last item — I’m 100 percent Team Galley Kitchen.
Apr 30, 2019
This Rental Kitchen DIY Is the Best Thing on the InternetKitchen
There are only so many changes you can make to a kitchen you do not own. Jess Bunge, Senior Market Editor for Emily Henderson, faced many of the classic challenges of a rental — dated floors, lackluster countertops, an oddly shaped floor plan — but brilliantly worked around them to make the space one to sigh over. The real star of this new kitchen is the countertop cover. With help from her dad, Jess cleverly cut plywood to fit over the gray granite, and built a matching backsplash.
Apr 30, 2019
Small-Space Storage Tips from People Who Live in Tiny HomesKitchen
In any home, large or small, storage issues tend to be among the top gripes. There’s a good chance that your basement — if you even have a basement — is filled with needless items that you’ve collected over the years. You’ve probably lived through the experience of donating several small appliances, so you can, um … make room for new small appliances. And let’s not even discuss the clutter in that kitchen drawer.
Jun 14, 2018
5 Big Organizing Lessons We Learned from This 160-Square-Foot Tiny HouseKitchen
Our friends over at Apartment Therapy ran this adorable House Tour, which they called “the most livable tiny house” they’ve ever seen. They weren’t exaggerating. The whole space is only 160 square feet, and yet it actually seems like something we might all be able to live in (not together, obviously). It feels so possible because the place is very thoughtfully laid out and organized — especially the kitchen.
May 16, 2018
Before & After: This Dark Galley Kitchen Got a Gorgeous MakeoverKitchen
Erika‘s kitchen used to be dark, drab, and crowded. Even though she couldn’t make any major changes to the layout, she was able to give the kitchen a bright and stylish new look that created the sense of oodles more space. Keep reading to see how. From Erika: The original kitchen of our 1950s split-level house in the Oakland Hills was remodeled by the previous owner to simply sell the house.
Apr 4, 2018
This Tiny Kitchen Has a Big Lesson All of Us Should LearnKitchen
When it comes to small spaces, the natural reaction is to pare stuff down as much as possible. There’s no room for duplicates, broken gadgets, or anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. And while that’s certainly the right impulse, less is not always more. Just look at this kitchen, which belongs to Stella Blackmon, an editor over at Cup of Jo.
Mar 15, 2018
10 of the Smartest Small Kitchens We’ve Ever SeenPeople
When you have a snug space, you have to make every inch count with some smart layout tricks and storage solutions. Do that, and all of a sudden your 40-square-foot kitchen goes from meh to yay. Still need a bit of info? You’re in luck — we’ve got 10 amazing spaces to inspire you. Just because your cook space is the size of a postage stamp doesn’t mean that you have to kiss your dreams of having an eat-in kitchen goodbye.
Oct 1, 2017
5 Kitchen Questions for Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs of Food52Kitchen
Yesterday we announced our 10 semi-finalists in Small Cool Kitchens 2013, and this week our panel of judges is busy choosing their top four favorites. While they’re deliberating, we wanted to introduce you to them, and ask each judge a little more about their own kitchen. First up: Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs of Food52 and the just-launched Provisions. They recently moved in to a new office, where they installed a beautiful new kitchen for testing recipes and taking photos.
Aug 7, 2013
20 More Small Cool Kitchens to Send You Off Into the WeekendKitchen
Yesterday we showed you the first round of awesome small kitchens from Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Contest, which just recently finished up. (See the winners here!) Haven’t had your fill of impressive small spaces yet? That’s good, because we have 20 more kitchens for you today! More colors, more storage ideas, more smart solutions for small kitchens of all kinds.
Jun 7, 2013
Valerie’s Fresh and Updated Kew Gardens KitchenKitchen
Who cooks here? Valerie and her husband JeffLocation: Kew Gardens, NYOwned or rented? OwnedKitchen size: 90 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? Working mostly on the weekends we were able to see the job to completion in about 6 weekends. The whole update cost us about $1,000. Initially we hated our countertop, and planned to replace it. But after the rest of the kitchen got an overhaul, the improvements actually made the old countertop look brand new.
May 25, 2010
Brittany’s New Bright White Portland KitchenKitchen
Who cooks here? Brittany, her husband Michael, and their Boston terrier Rufus JayLocation: Portland, OROwned or rented? OwnedKitchen size: 108 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? The cabinets were stained “cordovan” color (which completely clashed with the floor), so we just painted them white. This contest’s timing was perfect because we’d already started the painting process.
May 21, 2010
Ina’s Semi-Outdoor Kitchen in JakartaKitchen
Who cooks here? Ina, her husband, their 6-year-old twins, and her motherLocation: Jakarta, IndonesiaOwned or rented? Owned Kitchen size: 80 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? We renovated the kitchen a couple of years ago on tight budget into the condition you can see in the pictures (the breakfast table is actually a desk which we repurposed). It was previously in a terrible cramped condition with insufficient storage.
May 20, 2010
Kristin’s Tiny Black and White New York KitchenKitchen
Who cooks here? Kristin, her boyfriend, and their LabradorLocation: Greenwich Village, NYOwned or rented? OwnedKitchen size: 55 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? It may not seem like a big deal, but my kitchen had no back splash for the longest time. I had a box of glass tiles (bought them because they were on sale) sitting on the floor of my closet for the longest time and planned on having someone install them.
May 19, 2010
Lucy’s Classic Yet Modern Kitchen in Washington D.C.Kitchen
Who cooks here? Lucy and her husband (and their two yellow labs)Location: Washington, D.C.Owned or rented? OwnedKitchen size: 110 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? When we moved in, the ceilings were lime green, the cabinets were pink pickled wood, our appliances were from the 80s, and it just didn’t work for us.
May 18, 2010
Inés’ Opened-Up Barcelona KitchenKitchen
Who cooks here? Inés and her boyfriend TianLocation: Barcelona, CatalunyaOwned or rented? OwnedKitchen size: 112 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen?The kitchen island! It has a wing on the side that can open up to acommodate two more people, but when closed leaves free the way to the fridge and makes it easy to move around the kitchen. Give Inés a THUMBS UP if you think this kitchen belongs in the finals!
May 17, 2010
Robert’s Delightfully Designed New York KitchenKitchen
Who cooks here? RobertLocation: New York, NYOwned or rented? OwnedKitchen size: 35 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? The kitchen’s tiny size and access to the plumbing chase made designing the entire kitchen a challenge. To gain functionality, my main objective was to obtain more countertop space. I was able to achieve this by installing an undercounter refrigerator, gaining five new square feet of countertop.
May 17, 2010
Ronna’s Hospitable Brooklyn Kitchen for FourKitchen
Who cooks here? Ronna, her husband, and two little girlsLocation: Brooklyn, NYOwned or rented? RentedKitchen size: 43 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? I cook professionally and often at home, but my kitchen came with zero counter space and only enough storage space to keep half my dishes and glassware. I had to make room for all of my bulk spices and grains, as well as vinegars/oils, and a ton of oversized equipment.
May 14, 2010
Travis and Jess’ Potomac Houseboat KitchenKitchen
Who cooks here? Travis and JessLocation: Washington, D.C.Owned or rented? OwnedKitchen size: 70 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? Houseboat life has no shortage of challenges — have you ever tried to sauté something at sea? — but fortunately these are greatly outweighed by the rewards! The boat is from 1986 and the décor hadn’t been updated at all since then, and cabinet and counter space is minimal.
May 14, 2010
Theresa’s Sweet and Modern San Francisco KitchenKitchen
Who cooks here? TheresaLocation: San Francisco, CAOwned or rented? RentedKitchen size: 65 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? Being only 65 square feet, storage is minimal. Adding the Ekby Tony Ikea floating shelf keeps the plates and mugs I use frequently within reach, as do the Asker containers that hold my utensils (I can remove them too for easy cleaning).Give Theresa a THUMBS UP if you think this kitchen belongs in the finals!
May 13, 2010
Nikki’s San Francisco Kitchen with CharacterKitchen
Who cooks here? Nik and JohnLocation: San Francisco, CAOwned or rented? RentedKitchen size: 60 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? We added counter space by adding a stainless steel shelving unit for our microwave and toaster oven which also cleverly hides the gas line to the oven. We also put in some shelving units for plates and pots.
May 12, 2010
Megumi’s Hand-Made Brussels KitchenKitchen
Who cooks here? Megumi and her partner KeiichiLocation: Brussels, BelgiumOwned or rented? RentedKitchen size: 98 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? I am collecting antique local kitchen stuffs, such as old medicine pots, in antique markets because these stuffs go quite well with this old and hand-made kitchen. Surprisingly, my Japanese kitchen stuffs blends in perfectly in the European taste kitchen!
May 11, 2010
Ariana’s Cheerful, Colorful Portland KitchenKitchen
Who cooks here? Ariana, her husband, and her three year oldLocation: Portland, OROwned or rented? OwnedKitchen size: 90 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? When we moved in three years ago, the kitchen was very dark and crowded. In Portland, we need all of the light and cheer we can get! We installed a glass door, replaced the counters and sink, took out imposing cabinets and put in open shelving.
May 10, 2010
Kate’s Creatively Renovated Rental KitchenKitchen
Who cooks here? katemtsui + mmicire Location: Lowell, MAOwned or rented? RentedKitchen size: 83 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? Our kitchen was renovated a few years ago with plain white cabinets and appliances. Oddly, the builders chose a dark blue laminate counter top. Challenge #1: customizing the kitchen with paint!
May 4, 2010