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Small Kitchen Redecorating

Create a convenient and functional kitchen in even the smallest space. Make a wonderful kitchen space within your existing architecture through good interior design choices.

Start with selecting low profile and multifunction appliances and fixtures. Carefully source materials to invent the most inviting space.

Focus your efforts on the food storage, preparation and eating areas.

Storage and Eating

Choose open shelving if your dishware collection or personality can withstand it, or use opaque glass cabinet-fronts. Add double-duty drawers and cabinets to increase storage space throughout the room. Install a narrow rollout cabinet between the refrigerator and cupboards, or a drop-down sponge drawer along the front of the sink.

Create a bistro-style eating area using a drop-leaf table and a couple of tiny chairs tucked into a corner. If your floor plan allows it, install an island that combines storage and dining space. Embrace pot racks for overhead storage and use magnetized knife holders for cutlery.


Plentiful natural lighting helps increase the visual space in your small kitchen. Combine it with the right atmospheric and task lighting with plentiful natural light, and your small space will look much larger. Use low-heat LED lighting under cabinets for task lighting. Drop in colorful pendant lights over key work zones. They will help counteract the blue tint from overhead fluorescent lighting replacing inefficient conventional lights.

Appliances and Fixtures

Find appliances double duty appliances that mount in the wall or under cabinets.

Make a refrigerator alcove from an unused second doorway to the kitchen if you can. Use refrigerator with a moderate footprint and capacity, and look for one that includes not only water and ice dispensers but also a drop-down mini-bar.

Install a sink with an industrial multi-function tap and pull out combo for more countertop space-savings. Invest in a wall-mounted oven or double oven and even a dish drawer that fits into a wall mount space instead of a full-sized dishwasher.

Choose a sleek, frameless induction cook top to reduce space usage and for limiting the heat introduced into the kitchen. These modern wonders feature instant on/instant off technology. A slide-out range hood tucks in neatly overhead, ready to deploy when needed. Add an under-counter microwave or a multi-function wall-mounted microwave that includes convection-cooking technology.

Colors and Materials

Choose bright or deep colors for flooring, walls and countertops balanced by glass front cabinets and plenty of natural light.

In my opinion, it is better to avoid the dated pastel only color palette.

You can still choose the sleek white and black motif to streamline a tiny space. 

In a small kitchen, every bit of color changes the atmosphere of the kitchen. Install a glass-tile backsplash of interesting, soothing colors, or a granite-topped island in an intriguing hue. Splurge on luxury materials that might not be affordable in a mega-kitchen. Select eco-friendly sealed cork flooring or outdoorsy tumbled marble tiles. Go all-in for the Azul blue granite countertops that might cost a fortune elsewhere.



Best of This Week on Houzz.Com – Part I

Houzz.com is one of my most favorite sites for home decorating, organizing, design and dreaming. You can make your own “books” of ideas from their pictures and information, for reference during future design projects. It is like Pinterest in the creation of personal boards, but the posts do not necessarily go public. Others can view your boards if they know to look for you. I love love LOVE this site. Here are some of the best boards of this week – and there are lots. Usually I like one or two per week, so this is fabulous.

Clutter vs. Keepers: A Guide to New Year’s Purging

Simple questions to get in touch with your clutter comfort level — and figure out what needs to go by Laura Gaskill

With a new year upon us and the resolution-making frenzy in full effect, many of us (myself included) will be casting aside clutter in an attempt to streamline our homes. But what, and how much, do you get rid of? What makes clutter, clutter? Where do you draw the line between an inspiring collection and a jumbled mess? And what about some of the styling tricks employed for photo shoots — creative or ridiculous? If you have ever walked into a friend’s home and found yourself wondering how they can live with all of that stuff, you know that we each have our own clutter comfort level.

So the questions become: What is clutter to you, and what can you do about it? Read on to find where you stand on the clutter comfort continuum, then use the questions that follow to examine your reasons for keeping (or tossing) just about anything in your home.

Get It Done: Attack the Coat Closet


With a concrete plan and a little elbow grease, you can tame your jumble of jackets in a single afternoon by Becky Harris

Sometimes there are so many things at home that need organizing that we don’t even know where to start; I know I don’t. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your mess.

Take it one project at a time. Sit down and make a list of all the areas of your home you’d love to see neat and organized. Hang it on the fridge or write it on a chalkboard wall, and make it a goal to finish one project per week until you are done. In fact, you can even get fancy and turn it into a Houzz ideabook like I did.

If the thought of making a list is overwhelming (I know the feeling), don’t fret. I’m going to make it easy for you by giving you one task per week that you can accomplish within a few hours. Make sure you have enough time to complete the task and take a shopping trip; otherwise you’ll end up with more of a mess.

We’re going to start with the coat closet.

Get It Done: Clean Out the Linen Closet


Organized bliss for your bedroom sheets and bathroom towels is just a few hours away by Becky Harris

The linen closet has become an elusive space. In fact, having one is a luxury in itself. It was once a home staple, usually placed in an upstairs hallway, but these days you may have to create your own “linen closet.” This could be a small closet or cabinet in a bathroom, an armoire in a bedroom, a hijacked guest room closet or some shelves in the laundry room. Where you place it may determine what you store there; what all of these spaces have in common is that it’s highly likely they could use a good clean-out. Let’s get started.



Get It Done: Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets


You deserve better than precarious piles of pots and toppling towers of lids. Give cabinet chaos the boot with these organizing strategies

by Becky Harris

How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

Time: 2 to 3 hours

Materials needed: Cleaner, dust rags or paper towels, contact paper, sticky notes (such as Post-its), pen, donation box. Additional organizers are optional. This ideabook also includes ideas for some mini renovations that require more materials and time.

Tip: Take a before shot of your messiest cabinet so that you can feel extra satisfied when this is all over.