Make Your Countertop Do Double-Duty
In the 2012 Kitchen of the Year in Nyc , designed by Mick de Giulio, Grothouse 's wenge-wood countertop has an integrated bowl. Set down eggs as you take them out of the refrigerator, and they will not roll away.
Add an Antique Piece
Designer Samantha Lyman wanted to give some historic pieces like this antique armoire to a fresh California kitchen. It was originally only 12 inches deep inside – not big enough for bowls that are enormous and large platters. So Lyman place it into the cabinetry to provide it more depth. The cabinetmaker expanded it and removed the back to 26 inches inside. Afterward, the interior was painted a darker shade to hide the difference by Lyman.
Add a Crockery Drawer
"Crockery drawers mean you're not on your toes, straining to reach a pile 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 so that it's easy to adapt various size dishes.
Try a Pull Out Pantry
In designer Stephanie Stokes's 48-square-foot New York kitchen, the "pantry" for dry goods consists of two cabinets that slide out over the countertop in order that everything is simple to locate.
Repurpose Office Supplies
Surplus office organizers are ideal for storing cleaning supplies and plants that are smallish, especially next to the sink.