Tanya's Compact, Glowing Kitchen
How many people live in home:One-ish: One adult human (me) and one adult cat (Oopie).
What makes your small kitchen so cool?
Space, function, color! The opened-up kitchen feels spacious and part of the house now, making it easy to chat with friends while fixing a meal or just having a drink. I often sit and work at the counter because itâs such a comfortable space. At night I especially love to cook by the glow of the undercabinet LEDs bouncing off the cobalt glass tiles. The compact appliances suit the small space and leave a bit of floor space for Oopie. The curved peninsula sits atop a cabinet with drawers facing the dining room, making use of otherwise unreachable space next to the stove. In winter I love cozying up to the radiator.
One challenge you overcame in your small kitchen, or a good resource you've found.
My kitchen was a tiny enclosed thing â literally an afterthought to an 1890s row house. The openings were my major challenges. The door out to the tiny yard opened only 45 degrees, and the room itself was cut off from the dining room and felt claustrophobic. For ideas I toured as many open-house row houses as possible. I decided to close up the exterior door entirely and convert the adjacent dining room window into a door. This enabled me to fill the kitchen with cabinets. I pushed the kitchen out a little into the dining room by using a shallow base cabinet and putting a curve on the overhanging countertop. This gave me a deep countertop with adequate space to walk around it.
Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen
Every one of them! Whether Iâm making iced coffee or sauteeing veggies â or just putting together a boring breakfast, I feel like Iâm making something exciting because of the space.
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