Back to basics
A small kitchen in a midcentury home reverts from an ugly ’80s reno to a plan more in keeping with its original vintage vibe.
A small kitchen reverts from an ugly ’80s reno to a plan more in keeping with its vintage vibe
1. Source Small
Since space was an issue in this small kitchen, homeowner and Style at Home executive editor Suzanne Moutis opted for square-footagesaving elements like an 18-inch dishwasher (instead of a typical 24-inch version) and an overhang to act as a breakfast bar.
2. Think Thin
Making use of every square inch, a narrow cupboard was installed in the small strip of wall next to the overthe-range convection microwave oven. The diminutive cabinet holds Suzanne’s favourite cookbooks and the first aid essentials that this mom and dog owner likes to have on hand.
3. Display Sparingly
Having lots of counter space was a priority for Suzanne, who loves to showcase her collections of glassware and pottery. The garlic bowl – a vintage Mccoy piece – demonstrates her panache for making her favourite collectibles functional so they don’t amount to needless counter clutter.
4. Get Organized
In the deep pantry unit, Suzanne embraces simple ideas to organize the space: Shelves are arranged and labelled (for soups, seasonings and baking ingredients), spices are corralled in a tray and file folders mounted to the back of the door sort takeout menus and household filing.
5. Extend the Shelf Life
In a stroke of pure exposed-shelving genius, Suzanne used the space between the wall studs to create shallow shelves that exhibit some of her collected glassware. It’s an inventive idea that reminds us of the display cases in the prettiest stores.
6. Play Hide & Seek
Suzanne’s husband, Koz, was adamant about having an eat-in kitchen, so as a double-duty solution, the countertop was extended to create a breakfast bar, both creating the coveted eat-in space and helping to camouflage the awkward bulkhead that conceals the steps around the corner that lead to the basement.