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Qimmah's Cozy Green Rental Kitchen




Brooklyn, New York



Square Feet:


How many people live in home:

Three: Myself and my husband and our Persian cat, Ms. Eartha Kitten

What makes your small kitchen so cool?

We had to work with a tight budget and an awkward floorplan (the bathroom is off the kitchen!) yet it's easily one of our fave rooms in the apartment. It's cozy and fun but also very functional. It made us work together with what we had to make it work for us.

One challenge you overcame in your small kitchen, or a good resource you've found.

When we first saw the apartment, my husband hated that the bathroom was right off the kitchen. So, to turn a horrible inconvenience into a fun feature we made the bathroom door a chalkboard. Now, rather than thinking "ugh, that's the bathroom" we use the door for fun notes, recipes, lists etc. We love it.

Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen

Crepes! Both sweet and savory. My husband is French and making crepes is one of the ways we remedy his homesickness (and my longing for Paris!). They're ridiculously yummy.

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Comments (19)

very nice. i love it all.

posted by bensmagginolia on July 10, 2011 at 8:28pm
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I love this kitchen. Even the strange layout with the bathroom. I'm not even sure why, it's just cozy and the colours are a great mix. Well done. :)

posted by finnlay128 on July 7, 2011 at 10:54am
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Terrific job! And creating a blackboard on the bathroom door is pure genius.

I need to show this wonderful kitchen transformation to my niece who lives in Hamilton Heights in upper Manhattan. Her rental apartment has a quirky layout similar to Qimmah's, and she also has a tight budget.

posted by aychihuahua on July 7, 2011 at 11:16am
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I think we have twin kitchens. I have the same green, a similar weird layout, and the fridge is covered in chalkboard (instead of a door). Which is to say, I love it :)

posted by sandyliz on July 8, 2011 at 10:40am
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its funky! Only cool if you're young and hip! cute.

posted by kjansson on July 9, 2011 at 1:42pm
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Creating that chalkboard door was a great idea! I need to apply some of these ideas to my kitchen.

posted by pho9nix on July 11, 2011 at 11:35am
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Bravo!! I love this kitchen. I'll be over for this famous creep that you speak of.

posted by Rayon B. on July 11, 2011 at 12:09pm
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Loving it!! peaceful with great details

posted by JML.bk on July 11, 2011 at 12:12pm
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I meant Crepe not creep. lol. Still a wonderful job Qimmah!

posted by Rayon B. on July 11, 2011 at 12:14pm
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two spoons up! ;)

posted by B's Gal on July 11, 2011 at 2:16pm
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I love the chalkboard door!

posted by Precious E on July 11, 2011 at 8:34pm
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I really like that green color in your kitchen. Good job picking that out.

posted by House Voyeur on July 11, 2011 at 11:34pm
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I love this

posted by MattressKing on July 12, 2011 at 12:42pm
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Hey I Love It!!! The colors makes the fat girl in me think of food LOL. Green for the veggies and brown for the fiber lol. I love the chalkboard!!!

posted by Qadirah on July 12, 2011 at 1:55pm
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Great looking kitchen! I'm really digging your shutters! What are they?

posted by g-Know on July 12, 2011 at 4:19pm
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My kitchen is also a rental, but, only 63 sq feet. Am still trying to figure out what I can do with it, as like you..on a very low budget. Do reallyy like what you have done though.

posted by Chef Dragon on July 13, 2011 at 9:59am
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My favorite part of your kitchen is the chalk board paint! Love it all! Wish you the best! :o)

posted by ladybug4 on July 14, 2011 at 8:04am
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Sweet space! Would your fridge not "work" better if you reversed the hinges. It's something you can do yourself and it would make access easier - I think.

posted by HeraHere on July 19, 2011 at 11:25pm
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Eartha Kitten!

posted by dougiefresh on August 16, 2011 at 3:01pm
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