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