And just like that, it’s Fall. Where did the Summer go??? And where did I go??? No where. I went no where. But I wasn’t “here” either. I can’t believe it’s been two months since I’ve blogged!?! Well, despite the pandemic, I’ve been working on some fun interior design projects and I want to share a really fun one! A tiny galley kitchen that gets a big update!
A local professional woman bought this cute fixer-upper that is in need of a lot of TLC and updating. A single gentleman owned the house for many years prior to his passing. The house is a small single story Cape Cod style and my client has already done a good amount of updating. For instance, the far wall by the fireplace has been painted a nice Chantilly Lace color and decorated with a fun collection of art and books. She called on my help to create a design plan to update and improve the tiny galley kitchen. While there is a front door, the main door that folks enter the house is closer to the driveway, through an enclosed breezeway and directly into the kitchen. The photo is taken from that door. So, a pretty space that is welcoming is super important.
My client has already purchased new stainless appliances and she’s looking to incorporate a large piece of reclaimed wood into the counters and to have open shelving and decent storage utilizing drawers versus cabinets with doors and shelves.
We’re still working out some of the details, but here is the initial plan.
I’ve recommended two big changes. One is to push the run of counter and cabinets on the left side of the sink about 18″ which obviously significantly increases storage and counter space and provides a nice symmetrical balance on the sink/window wall. The open shelving is flanked by small wall cabinets.
The other change is to swap the pantry cabinet and refrigerator. Her new fridge is counter depth and it should tuck nicely into the corner and feel less overwhelming in the small space. And a nicely done pantry cabinet will be much more attractive to look at from the living side of the space. While it’s not idea to locate the range right next to to the refrigerator, there’s not a lot of choice in this tiny galley kitchen without losing the pantry cabinet.
The piece of reclaimed wood that my client has is 7′ Long x 25″ D x 1.5″ thick. So, it’s perfect for a counter top – but not enough for even this tiny galley kitchen.
So I am recommending incorporating it on the ends and island with a stone/quartz or marble surface closer to the sink and on the small counter next to the stove. My client bakes, so having a cold surface to roll out dough is a big bonus as well.
As I mentioned, this project is still in the planning/design phase but it’s always fun to take a challenging space and try to pack in as much function and form as possible!
What do you think of the mix of wood and stone counters? I love a rough/luxe mix so it works for me!
I’ve put together a collection of Fall inspired items that will dress up any space – tiny or big!
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