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Kathleen's Serene Rental Kitchen with a View




Gainesville, Florida



Square Feet:


How many people live in home:

Two: My husband and I.

What makes your small kitchen so cool?

One of the coolest things about our kitchen is its history. Our second floor studio apartment is in a giant house built in 1904 and what is now our window-filled kitchen was formerly a sleeping porch. Our neighborhood is filled with large trees and that is all you can see when you look out of the windows.

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

One challenge was with our favorite aspect of the kitchen, the windows. They let in a lot of great sunlight but at night they let in light from the streetlight. Finding a curtain rod that was long enough was very expensive so we made our own out of copper pipe fasteners and wooden dowels. We found thick yellow curtains that keep the space feeling open and bright during the day and also block the streetlight at night.

Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen

Our favorite thing to cook is pizza, we make it almost every week. Our kitchen isn't ideal for two people cooking simultaneously but when we make pizza, we know exactly how to work on it together.

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Comments (29)

That's so beautiful! You've inspired me.

posted by KimWareham on August 30, 2011 at 11:00am
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I think it's great. Simple, clean and appropriate for anyone at any age no metter what "style" one prefers...

posted by kjansson on July 11, 2011 at 2:24pm
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Sigh. There is nothing that I don't love about this kitchen. It's beautiful, and calming, and seems like it would be so nice to cook in!

posted by beckyjo87 on July 11, 2011 at 10:06am
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I love your curtain rod. I have the same dilemma and was wondering what to do...I may use it!

Beautiful kitchen -- it's so sweet and charming.

posted by SarahBerneche on July 11, 2011 at 10:10am
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This is a lovely kitchen. May I ask what paint is used; it seems to be a lovely off white, almost light green, color that is just wonderful.

posted by mdevans on July 11, 2011 at 10:19am
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Love it!! Although those drapes near the gas stove are a big fire hazard... :-)

posted by gab18481 on July 11, 2011 at 10:29am
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serene is the perfect word! what a lovely kitchen!

posted by mubaruby on July 11, 2011 at 10:40am
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It seems really squinchy with that table in there. I'd run into things all the time!

posted by BonnieProjects on July 11, 2011 at 11:53am
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Very peaceful and serene. A great space to cook in.. Love it!

posted by AnnieStalz on July 11, 2011 at 1:31pm
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love it!

posted by recipecan on July 11, 2011 at 2:06pm
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*Matter* sorry, spelling error!

posted by kjansson on July 11, 2011 at 2:28pm
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so inviting! i would love to sit and look out that window over a cup of coffee. :)

posted by kinderwoman on July 11, 2011 at 6:17pm
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Wow a kitchen with a view! How great is that. I'm not big on those curtains in your kitchen. They are too fancy or something.

posted by House Voyeur on July 11, 2011 at 11:28pm
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This is gorgeous! It reminds of me of a second kitchen my grandmother had up stairs in her sun porch that I remember from the 60's. How nostalgic. I could just bask in a kitchen like this.

posted by lorimav on July 13, 2011 at 12:23am
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posted by CWaldner on July 13, 2011 at 4:49pm
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Great and full of charme!

posted by cati from Turin, Italy on July 14, 2011 at 4:59am
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This is the kitchen to beat. The choice of full length curtains rather than "kitchen-y" window treatment is savvy and stylish. A well-curated, yet very personal space. Love it.

posted by margaret8000 on July 14, 2011 at 11:03pm
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Lovely, beautiful light.

posted by Nym on July 20, 2011 at 11:59am
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I love this one!

posted by Cayennegirl on July 26, 2011 at 10:25am
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Thank you everyone!

posted by kbly on July 26, 2011 at 12:10pm
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this is interesting to me, in part, because my kitchen has butter yellow cabinets and ivory/white walls. I keep trying to find a wall color to 'pop' the cabinets. your kitchen shows that soft and monochromatic can work well.

posted by chahn on July 26, 2011 at 1:39pm
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thanks chahn :)

zenshuga, no worries, we slide that curtain over when the stove is in use!

posted by stalzerk on July 26, 2011 at 2:26pm
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I'm worried about that curtain by the gas stove.

posted by zenshuga on July 26, 2011 at 2:12pm
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I absolutely love this kitchen! And I voted for it in the Finals.

posted by SweetOzarksGirl_ on July 26, 2011 at 8:42pm
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Love the kitchen...utilization of light and space was pretty impressive.Being from NYC I can relate.

posted by Layne Staley on July 27, 2011 at 12:30am
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Your Landlord/lady must LOVE you!!! Great look!

posted by C. NAIRN on July 27, 2011 at 2:42pm
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What paint did you use on your cabinets? Love this kitchen!

posted by ronsmom on July 29, 2011 at 7:38pm
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I love this style & colour,same as mine。

posted by APao on August 19, 2011 at 3:27am
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nice and lovely kitchen i love it...
foods and recipes

posted by howeywan on August 22, 2012 at 5:50am
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