Marguerite's Chic Black & White Kitchen Remodel
How many people live in home:Two: My husband and me.
What makes your small kitchen so cool?
An apartment that smells like last night's soup? A fridge that froze veggies and emitted the sustained buzz of cicadas? A gap above the cabinets that trapped dust and grease? These are just a few features that were NOT cool about our kitchen before we renovated it. (See "before" shot in black and white) Now, my kitchen is the coolest because aside from being beautiful it is a pleasure to use whether it be rolling out pizza dough on the soapstone counters, chopping veggies on my giant butcher block or simmering a stew in my 7-quart Dutch oven.
One challenge you overcame in your small kitchen, or a good resource you've found.
The kitchen is in full view from the main room of the apartment. Therefore storing all my baking and cooking equipment in an aesthetically pleasing way was a challenge. Extending the cabinets up to the ceiling gave me more storage for dishes, glasses and supplies. A counterdepth cabinet above the fridge houses my various baking pans and KitchenAid attachments out of sight. The ingenious swing-out lazy susan gives me easy access to my small appliances stored in the blind corner cabinet.
Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen
My favorite meal right now is probably seared salmon or striper (skin on), wine-braised fennel, and a farro salad with herbs and arugula. For dessert it's got to be a pie! I am hoping to do a lattice-top sour cherry pie as soon as the cherries hit the farmer's market.
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