Small-Space Living

This Tiny Kitchen Has a Big Lesson All of Us Should Learn

published Mar 15, 2018
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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.

The studio apartment has just a few feet of counter space, but Stella still managed to find space for a few decorative items to spruce up the rental, which she wasn’t allowed to paint or renovate. We’re talking about the flowers and plant, the two pieces of art (presumably propped up to add some personal style to the backsplash), the canisters from Schoolhouse Electric, and the bowl of citrus. We also love the photos and playful magnets on the fridge! And the stacks of cookbooks bring more color into the room. These things don’t take up a ton of real estate (some are even practical!) and they add some personality to an otherwise ho-hum rental space.

Tour the rest of the space: My 175-Square-Foot NYC Apartment at Cup of Jo

The point? While you may be tempted to clear clutter and only keep the necessities, even the smallest kitchens can benefit from a few decorative pieces. Add a few small things and you can really transform a space and make it feel more special.

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Do you have little decorative touches in your kitchen? If you do, tell us what they are in the comments below.