Margot wrote about architect Sherry McKuin’s lovely 1926 Mediterranean-style house in
LA Autumnal: A 1920s House Makeover Composed in Jewel Tones. Of the many exquisite rooms in her home, our favorite may just be the kitchen, a total gut. With its considered details and well-planned built-ins, there’s nothing cookie-cutter about the space. Here, lessons we gleaned from her artfully well-ordered kitchen:
Laure Joliet, courtesy of Reath Design. 1. Find extra storage in the island.
Above: If you don’t want overhead cabinets but want more storage space, consider devoting your entire kitchen island to storage. Here, both sides of McKuin’s island offer storage opportunities. 2. Designate a step-down for mail.
Above: A brilliant solution to keep mail and other clutter from encroaching: a step-down shelf at the end of the counter. 3. Deploy pretty storage vessels.
Above: Spend some time sourcing pretty vessels to store fruits, root vegetables, or small items. 4. Streamline the mudroom.
Above: Don’t have a separate mudroom? Go for a “mud cabinet” instead. Here, a “mud cabinet” for coats, backpacks, schoolwork, and lunchboxes rests next to the refrigerator. 5. Create a beverage bar.
Above: Everything you need for a mocha or a martini in one place. 6. Use a sink skirt.
Above: An excellent way to artfully conceal clutter is to use a sink skirt. This one’s made of pleated plum handkerchief linen from Gray Line Linen of NYC, a notable affordable fabric source. 7. Add storage to your banquette.
Above: Have a breakfast nook in mind? Consider building in storage.
N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published October 2019.
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