Store Cutting Boards in a Basket
This legend tip comes from the inimitable Ina Garten: When she updated her East Hampton nation kitchen (our 2009 Kitchen of the Year), she used a wicker basket to corral all her cutting boards.
Hide Clutter Behind Closed Doors
Behind closed doors, which open to reveal a grand pantry, all the turmoil of the kitchen is hidden in a Chicago kitchen designed by Mick De Giulio. Pullout willow baskets hold fruit and vegetables.
Save Floor Space With Swivel Stools
In Dan Doyle's St. Helena, California, kitchen, vintage swivel stools are playful and practical.
Add a Crockery Drawer
"Crockery drawers mean you're not on your toes, endeavoring to reach a collection of heavy china," Julie Stevenson says of her slick, streamlined kitchen designed by Alexander Adducci in Lake Bluff, Illinois. The drawers are outfitted with movable pegs in order that it's simple to accommodate various size dishes.
Go Vertical With a Ladder
Do not restrict storage to areas within arms' reach. Designer Katie Ridder opted for a sliding ladder to reach ceiling-height cabinets, which are ideal for that bread maker you never use.
Add Cabinets Above the Window
Let light in and keep unused gadgets in tiny row of cupboards.
Zone Off a Small Space
From the living area with folding doors, the kitchen is camouflaged in designer Bill Brockschmidt's 640-square foot apartment. "We may also close off the dining room from the kitchen with pocket doors, so that once guests have arrived, we can open up the kitchen for cooking," Brockschmidt says.
Make Your Countertop Do Double-Duty
In the 2012 Kitchen of the Year in Nyc Grothouse 's wenge wood countertop has an integrated bowl. Place down they won't roll away, and as you take them out of the icebox.
Add an Antique Piece
Designer Samantha Lyman wanted to give some historic pieces like this vintage armoire to a fresh California kitchen. It was initially only 12 inches deep inside – not big enough for large platters and bowls that are big. So Lyman place it into the cabinetry to provide more depth to it. The cabinetmaker removed the back and expanded it to 26 inches inside. Then, the inside was painted a darker shade to conceal the difference by Lyman.
Hang Mugs From Hooks
Designer Kim Lewis reproduced a potting bench set-up for a pint-size kitchen. The copper-conduit shelving holds hooks for cookware and coffee cups, keeping the countertop free for actual cooking.