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Jenn's Smart and Cheap Toronto Kitchen




Toronto, Canada



Square Feet:


How many people live in home:

Three. Myself and my two daughters.

What makes your small kitchen so cool?

It's warm, inviting, smart and cheap!

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

Finding a table to feed the kids at. Found the perfect one at West Elm (Bistro Table)

Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen

I wish I had a great answer for this, but I can't cook so I'm not going to front with some delicious concoction!

Favoriting and voting have ended.

Comments (33)

My absolute favorite so far, I love it!

posted by callmecordelia on July 12, 2011 at 12:38pm
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I love true budget cool!

posted by Sylwia_ on July 12, 2011 at 2:59pm
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Pretty, the table is cute and I love the backsplash! Also, I like that you went with white appliances- I just think they fit in better with white cabinets like yours.

posted by fulinlin on July 12, 2011 at 3:20pm
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I love this. Very creative use of "ingredients" :D

posted by alllebasii on July 13, 2011 at 12:24pm
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Really great - like it all!

posted by Gallivant on July 13, 2011 at 2:14pm
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I love Canadian design aesthetic- simple, chic and practical. Heart heart

posted by libby76 on July 15, 2011 at 6:18pm
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Lovely. I've been thinking of doing the same kind of wood paneled wall. What kind of wood did you use and is it treated? Can you wipe it off easily? I was thinking of using scrap cabinet pieces since they would be treated in a kitchen-friendly way.

posted by mreiss on July 19, 2011 at 12:14pm
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Love this! Congrats on creating what is easily my favorite design. It's inviting, open, and feels like it came together organically. Perfect!

posted by Cindy44 on July 19, 2011 at 1:21pm
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thanks, everyone!
@mreiss it's birch plywood treated with oil (the same stuff i used on the counter tops from IKEA). you can get birtch plywood with real birch laminate that looks really good, too.

posted by Jenn@theinteriorist on July 19, 2011 at 4:51pm
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great tip. Thanks!
P.S. love the task lighting ideas, too.

posted by mreiss on July 19, 2011 at 5:10pm
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hands down my favorite. lovely.

posted by 3floorsup on July 19, 2011 at 9:23pm
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I love this kitchen! I'm curious about your experience with the West Elm table ... I recently ordered the same one and promptly sent it back because I didn't think the finish would hold up well (and I don't have kids!).

posted by kackac999 on July 20, 2011 at 11:56am
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So beautiful! And a Toronto girl!

posted by Nym on July 20, 2011 at 11:56am
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My favorite by far! Perfect combo of modern whites and rustic woods!! LOVE LOVE LOVE

posted by ak2187 on July 20, 2011 at 12:36pm
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So beautiful and inventive and, simple! Well done. My favorite also.

posted by PhotobugLA on July 20, 2011 at 2:20pm
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Not a big fan of wood normally but this looks wonderful. It also helps the not very interesting white appliances to stand out. I guess this can be easily done in rented apartments too, without damaging the walls.

posted by Sooso on July 20, 2011 at 3:06pm
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-the table is holding up OK, the kids have def. left a few gashes, but i don't mind 'character'!
-the stools are vintage.
-re: the neatness, it's a good mix of display and everyday stuff, the display never gets touched, the everyday stuff stays neat in its piles - easy peasy!

posted by Jenn@theinteriorist on July 21, 2011 at 9:10am
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and PS - before pictures are available at my blog if you're interested!

posted by Jenn@theinteriorist on July 21, 2011 at 9:12am
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where did you get the stools? i need them!

posted by biancapardini on July 20, 2011 at 11:54pm
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Love your honesty on the "favorite dish" part :)... The wooden shelves above the counter look nice... a refreshing change from the regular wall cabinets... But considering, it is open, how do u manage to keep it neat and clean all the time ?

posted by PreethiV on July 21, 2011 at 4:20am
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Jenn, I love it. It's absolutely fantastic in every way.


posted by vintagesimple on July 21, 2011 at 12:48pm
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Bloody lovely!!!

posted by JoJenks on July 22, 2011 at 8:29pm
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So simple elegant and unpretentious. Lovely!

posted by kbfromlb on July 23, 2011 at 12:21am
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very pretty. I love the containers above the refrigerator...the wall, and the dining area.

posted by sunnygirlsf on July 24, 2011 at 3:43pm
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this is a gorgeous kitchen, but where does the food go? I can't see anywhere to store dry stuff like cereals, pasta, spices etc unless it's all in the drawers, in which case where do the pans and utensils live?

posted by brokenbetty on July 24, 2011 at 5:17pm
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hi brokenbetty - we have a pantry, so that meant that i was able to make the kitchen as basic as possible.

posted by Jenn@theinteriorist on July 25, 2011 at 9:14am
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simple with a rustic edge. love it.


posted by sara alana on July 26, 2011 at 12:26pm
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Very chic, very elegant, practical and modern.

posted by marieheiss on July 26, 2011 at 12:47pm
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yay! (except I'm not Lasse and I'm not from Denmark...)

posted by Jenn@theinteriorist on July 26, 2011 at 2:06pm
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Congratulations... Way to go :)

posted by PreethiV on July 27, 2011 at 1:57am
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The light in this kitchen makes my heart sing, it looks stunning and airy! I can imagine baking in there with the windows open, divine!

posted by smellsgood on July 28, 2011 at 9:47am
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hi brokenbetty - we have a pantry, so that meant that i was able to make the kitchen as basic as possible.fanzstore.com/

posted by FnlJerseys on October 15, 2011 at 4:54am
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like it!

posted by esahma on December 19, 2011 at 11:21am
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