BEFORE & AFTER - KITCHEN
We have a small kitchen: to be accurate it is 132 square feet. The goal was to keep the space feeling open and not overcrowded with material. Having a bay window and a window by the sink allow so much light in, making the space feel a little larger. That led to the idea that I could avoid having upper cabinets, allowing the kitchen to feel a lot airy, instead of being boxed down.
Designing this space was solely based on our lifestyle. I am not into buying sets of pots or pans or sets of anything. We go grocery shopping twice a week and do not shop in bulk. Hence, I could get away with having minimal storage and a tiny fridge.
- Kitchen situation before we closed on the house -
In my ideal little world, I would love to have faux concrete walls in the kitchen, which we did initially, till our Feng Shui Master gave us the colors we were only allowed to work with specifically for the kitchen.
Resulting in white texture walls.
We decided to go with an IKEA kitchen. Simple black cabinets and a white quartz countertop with gold handles from All Modern. The stove had to be electric and I settled for induction cooktop – I absolutely love cooking with it! About getting a SMEG fridge, I always wanted one, so there was no debate about that.
The colors I picked for the kitchen could feel a little cold, by adding plants it helped bring some warmth into the space. Having only minimal countertop space means putting away everything after used, is key to keeping the space clutter-free.
I do spend a lot time in the kitchen, meaning the puppies are always in there too. Having to find this table with storage was a blessing! All their toys are in there in plain sight, allowing them the freedom to pick whatever they want.
This entire project took about 5 weeks to complete.
Starting this project with zero knowledge at times was very overwhelming and washing dishes in bathroom sink was no fun, but we won't have chosen it any other way!
Off to our next "adventure"!
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SMEG refrigerator, West Elm
Frigidaire dishwasher, Best Buy
Black swing arm wall sconce, CB2
Canisters on countertop, CB2
Black soap pump, CB2
Toaster, Kitchen Aid
Window roller blinds, IKEA
Table with storage, IKEA
Sink faucet, Home Depot
Cabinets handles, ALLMODERN