As with many renovations, the path to kitchen bliss is paved with major structural change and knocking down walls. But in this case, there was nowhere to go and no walls to remove since the kitchen is boxed in by the back garden, the main bathroom and the stairs to the basement. Even so, small galley kitchens can be reoriented with dramatic results. Flipping the cooking and ventilation onto the longest wall offered up the best opportunity for prep space on either side of the cook top and the maximum amount of upper wall cabinet storage. Once some useless bulkheads were removed, we gained more than 12 inches of extra storage all around the perimeter of the kitchen.
kitchen cabinetry, sink, faucet, fridge, dishwasher, range hood, oven, stovetop & cabinetry hardware, IKEA | all tile, Saltillo Imports | art in hallway, console, vases on console, art glass balls, book ends, salt and pepper shakers , serving platters, bottled lemonade, canisters, green vase, cutlery on breakfast bar, pillows, large printed ottoman on porch, lanterns on porch & beige vase on outdoor coffee table, Homesense | cookbooks above microwave & magnetic timer on fridge, Indigo | plexi glass art, Tony Koukos | drapery fabric (Fergana Ethnic/Kilim: Yellow, 32911) & drapery hardware, Designer Fabrics | countertop (Caeserstone: Blizzard), Elite Stone Design Corp. | breakfast bar stools, Structube | kitchen light fixture, Universal Lighting | hall light fixture, Vintage Fine Objects | mirror in hall, Elegant Garage Sale | tray on console table, aluminum boxes, glass pitcher with silver mixing spoon & metal pitcher, CB2 | white milk bottle vase, yellow serving plate, egg cups, yellow napkins & wood napkin rings, Crate and Barrel | vintage beer glasses on breakfast bar, Ethel | vintage bocci balls on deck, Bronze | dinnerware on breakfast bar, Tap Phong | flowers, Jong Young Flowers | baseboards & trim, Brenlo
contractor, MBKL LTD. Custom Contracting | kitchen installation, IKEA Installation Services | installation of backsplash, JAV Contracting Inc. | electrician, Spindel Electric Inc.
kitchen ceiling and walls - Barcelona Rain (59BB 81/022), Dulux | entrance hall - Capitol Blue (30BB 18/190), Dulux | trim throughout - Drifting Snow (10BB 83/014), Dulux