Friday, March 22, 2013

designed: my kitchen inspiration

The room that has seen the biggest transformation is the Kitchen. Its was old, outdated, poorly laid out and didn't have a dishwasher. I knew that it had to be updated to be livable for us, but we had an extremely tight budget. The main reason we didn't want to spend a lot of money is that in order to make the space a really great kitchen we would have had to undergo a major renovation to expand the space a few feet at least.  We may do that at some point, but it would probably involve us adding on upstairs, too. And we just weren't ready for that just yet. Because we decided this update was going to make the Kitchen "good enough for the next 5 years or so" we opted for Ikea cabinets and to keep most of the appliances because they were still in decent condition. 
The room now is just under 120 square feet and its full of design challenges. I snapped a few pictures with my phone the day after we moved in, don't mind the mess...

One issue was the ceiling and its two different heights. The lower part of the ceiling is where we planned to move the stove. So that meant we would lose the low overhead cabinets. It was a major concern because the storage space was already pretty limited. 

Another issue is that one whole wall in this tiny space is totally unusable. It has the back door, stairs up to the second level, a built in ironing board, and a radiator.

The space was so under utilized, and it was barely a kitchen one person could cook in, much less two. Here are a few of my inspiration pictures...  

I'll be back on Monday to talk about the space planning and show you pictures of the 95% finished space! It's a really great transformation. 

And since its Friday,  how about a fun cocktail to try out over the weekend? How yummy does this Satsuma & Pomegranate Campari look? I'll be mixing one up in my new kitchen, y'all! 

xo Lea Hart

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