Q: I would love to hear any thoughts you may have for making the most of small kitchen. We live in a very large century home but it has a ridiculously small kitchen.
A: My kitchens have always been on the small side. But even a tiny kitchen can feel bigger if its surfaces are kept clear. I don't like anything on the countertops, not even a crock of wooden spoons. I would rather have fewer things stored out-of-sight than a full kitchen with clutter showing. Our knives are hung on a magnetic strip on the wall. We have a small coffeemaker bought specifically to fit inside the cabinet when not in use. Extra food supplies are stored in select spots adjacent to the kitchen (see the peanut butter jars under the skirted entry table!). Cookbooks are shelved a few steps away in the family room. Supplies that don't pertain to cooking--like paper and tape--are stored in the study. What looks spacious, feels spacious--and an empty counter, however small, is ready for the serious work of a busy kitchen. Another bonus: streamlined kitchens require less stuff (and less money).