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A small kitchen in a mid­cen­tury home re­verts from an ugly ’80s reno to a plan more in keep­ing with its orig­i­nal vin­tage vibe.

Style at Home Big Style for small spaces - - Contents - Text sara cation pho­tog­ra­phy donna grif­fith

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.

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