ROOM TOUR: EV­ERY­DAY EASE

An ef­fi­cient lay­out and smart stor­age tucked into every corner en­sure this busy fam­ily kitchen is stream­lined and clut­ter-free.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER ANDRIA HAYDAY FIELD ED­I­TOR SAN­DRA L. MOHLMANN PHO­TOG­RA­PHER RICHARD LEO JOHN­SON

Stor­age tucked into slim cab­i­nets and nooks stream­lines life in a busy fam­ily kitchen.

IT WAS A LONG WISH LIST FOR A KITCHEN

REMODEL: am­ple pantry space, fam­ily mes­sage board, a spot for school sup­plies, comfy hang­out for two young chil­dren, hide­aways for small elec­tron­ics, and a Wi-fi printer. Be­cause it’s open to the foyer, this Ge­or­gia kitchen de­signed for a fam­ily of four also had to look good when­ever the door­bell rang. And nat­u­rally it needed stor­age for every cook­ing and serv­ing tool—all while pre­sent­ing an air of or­derly el­e­gance for grown-up en­ter­tain­ing.

Kitchens are of­ten ex­pected to mul­ti­task, and this one wears many hats de­spite a mod­est foot­print and an open plan that lim­its wall space for up­per cab­i­nets. Floor-to­ceil­ing cus­tom cab­i­nets on either side of the main wall make up for the lack of a walk-in pantry, and shal­low shelves tucked into the is­land help seize every inch. There’s even a floor-to-ceil­ing mag­netic white­board hid­ing be­hind cab­i­net doors (for kid-height doo­dles and fam­ily mes­sages). Tidy and so­phis­ti­cated, this smart room proves that some­times you re­ally can have it all.

1 CEN­TER­PIECE WALL

A study in sym­me­try, the pri­mary stor­age wall in­cludes a fo­cal-point range book­ended by coun­terto-ceil­ing cab­i­nets (with mir­ror fronts) and floor-to-ceil­ing pantries. The is­land’s curved lime­stone top eases traf­fic flow in the work zone.

2 GOOD FLOW

Ar­moire-style doors on the re­frig­er­a­tor pre­serve aisle space. The hall­way to the front en­try was widened to im­prove con­nec­tions and nat­u­ral light. The nearby is­land pro­vides a land­ing spot for gro­ceries.

3 MEAL MAKER

Two stacked slide-out pantries part­ner with the fridge—an ar­range­ment that saves steps when gath­er­ing in­gre­di­ents for busy week­night din­ners.

4 END NOTE

Wasted space? Not here. Shal­low shelves tuck be­tween is­land pedestals, form­ing a bev­er­age pantry at one end of the is­land. A slim cab­i­net next to the sink, in­set, opens to re­veal a towel rack.

5 SWEET SEAT

A bay win­dow with a padded seat is an ideal spot for read­ing, do­ing home­work, or sip­ping cof­fee. Draw­ers below the seat, in­set, hold home­work sup­plies and crafts gear close to where they will be used.

6 WITHIN REACH

The un­der­counter mi­crowave in the is­land is ac­ces­si­ble to kids as well as adults. The drawer below the mi­crowave holds child-friendly items op­po­site the win­dow seat.

7 HID­DEN MEMO

A con­cealed mes­sage cen­ter is tucked into a shal­low space next to the bay win­dow. A mag­netic board dis­plays ro­tat­ing art­work and nar­row shelves hold mark­ers and erasers.

A tall pantry cab­i­net is stocked with clear con­tain­ers—mak­ing it easy to tell at a glance what’s run­ning low. Mir­rored cab­i­nets with X mul­lions, in­set, add a dec­o­ra­tive look while con­ceal­ing the dishes stored in­side.

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