Ilaria Fatone is an interior stylist and blogger who grew up in Milan, lives in Provence, and has a fondness for the sun-suffused Scandinavian look. All of those influences came into play when she was performing a total redo of her family’s galley kitchen in a ground-floor apartment unchanged since it was built in 1969.
“The renovation keywords were fluidity and coherence,” she says. “But my main intention was to bring in the maximum amount of natural light, and that was quite a challenge since the kitchen faces north.” Her solution? A high/low mix of clean-lined pale wood cabinetry—Ikea on the inside, custom on the out—Corian counters, a polished white concrete floor, and an ingenious sliding glass door. “It’s an open kitchen you can close—and it still looks open.” Join us for a guided tour, plus a look at Ilaria’s “Before” and “In Progress” shots.
Photography by Ilaria Fatone.
Ilaria softens the look of both spaces with plants and baskets, here in artful combination.
Her carpenter first made the room’s sliding door partition, and she liked the look of it so much that she had him use the same hardwood, Western African fraké, on the drawers. “We kept them raw and minimal with no handles, just a gap to slip your hand in.” (Go to Cutout Cabinet Pulls to see a range of options.) The wall-hung shelves are painted plywood shipping boxes: They come with Ilaria’s subscription to Designer Box (a design surprise a month delivered to your door).
The Corian sink is notably European scaled: “We didn’t need a bigger one; we didn’t want it taking up too much space.” The faucet is a Brive from French brand Jacob Delafon.
The doors overlook the street, so for privacy, Ilaria applied an inexpensive, removable matte plastic Window Film to the glass. It mimics frosted glass and “keeps the look minimal.” The hanging basket and market basket below are from Jamini Design, a Paris importer of Indian designs that happens to be making its NYC debut with a pop-up store at 171 Elizabeth St. open through May 14.In addition to hiding the fridge and freezer, the setup has pantry and storage shelves and incorporates a stacked microwave (top) and wall oven by German brand De Dietrich, which also made the induction cooktop and minimalist white hood.[aside_posts ids=”608732,607590″]More like this[/aside_posts]
The aluminum cabinet pulls are Ikea Blankett handles; $9.99 for two.
A Corian shelf tucked between the storage unit and wall serves as a breakfast nook and hangout spot. The stool is Hay’s About a Stool.
Go to Ilaria Fatone to see more of the project.
For more small kitchen inspiration, take a look at:
- Ktichen of the Week: A Rustic-Luxe London Galley by deVol
- 14 Tips for Maximizing Space in a Tiny Kitchen
- Before & After: A Galley Reinvented
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