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Storage Ideas to Steal from a Waterside Summer Kitchen in Maine

Lili and Blake's Summer Kitchen in Harpswell, ME

Last month, Annie shared a particularly charming Maine kitchen over on Remodelista. It belongs to designer Lili Liu, a designer, and Blake Civiello, an architect (and Maine native), and it is a thing to behold. Formerly a lobster pound, then an art gallery, the charming space is now the summer kitchen for the couple and the vacation cottage rental they own. Below, some artful storage ideas to steal from this humble, lovely room.

Photography courtesy of Blake Civiello and Lili Liu, from Kitchen of the Week: A Couple’s Summer Kitchen in a Former Lobster Shack.

1. A counter trough keeps counters clear.

Lili and Blake's Summer Kitchen in Harpswell, ME
Above: “Fencing” along the perimeter of the wood counter allows items like cutting boards to be neatly stored.

2. You’ll know where everything is when everything is out in the open.

Lili and Blake's Summer Kitchen in Harpswell, ME, Photo by Tide to Pine
Above: Nothing can get lost in a cluttered drawer or cabinet if the essentials are always on display—whether stored on open shelves or hanging from the wall.

3. Crates are cheaper and more charming than drawers.

Lili and Blake's Summer Kitchen in Harpswell, ME
Above: Crates take the place of kitchen cabinets and drawers.

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