Kitchen Secrets II | Storage Opportunities for the End of the Island

We found this article on Houzz and wanted to share it.  Storage is just always a big deal and optimizing it is key for functionality and livability.  It's also nice to have different ways to display things in your kitchen. Changing it up between glass doors and solid doors or exposed shelves is kindof the extent of display in a kitchen because it is so functional.  However, these options in this article put a new little twist on kitchen display.

All of the storage ideas are for the end of the island which is usually just a flat end panel.  It's pretty and finished but not always decorative and oftentimes completely wasted space.  Instead of just letting that area go un-used, consider adding a mini under-the-counter fridge.  This is the perfect location for drinks and is a much more preferred location to get them during a party--it keeps guests out of the main fridge which is probably stuffed full of party food and platters.  One thing to consider, though, if you have a small child like I do, is locking it!  These little under-cabinet mini refrigerators are just their size and wouldn't they just love having access to all the drinks!

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If you don't have a lot of extra depth on the end of your island, consider some shallow shelves that could be used for cook books (or any other kind of book!).  They may have to be leaning instead of stacked, but 3 shallow shelves on counter-height island will probably be just about all the storage you need for books in this era of ipads and tablets.

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If you do have a little more room, extra standard shelving is also another option.  This could be used for decorative items like plants or pretty serveware or it could be used for everyday plates and bowls giving easy access to the kiddos.  It's up to you how you use it but even though this type of storage isn't anything "new" for a kitchen, a little extra never hurts!

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This last option is one of our favorite.  It sort of combines the idea of extra drawer space with more display. The nice thing is, it can be used for anything from magazines to produce.  Just keep in mind, it's on display so you'll want it to look pretty.  This type of pull down drawer display doesn't require a lot of extra depth at the end of your cabinet either.  It may be a little more expensive option that the book shelves but also gives a more finished look.

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If you haven't noticed, we do have a thing for organization!  Tell us more about what you like, though!  If you're interested in kitchen storage or bathroom storage info, help us out and leave a comment so we can give you want you want!  Or, if you'd prefer to read about what's trending in design, we can do that too!  Just let us know!

 

Dream Big | Kitchen Edition

Since Thanksgiving is this week and we're all making our grocery lists and planning for lots of time in the kitchen, it seemed appropriate for us to talk about all the features we'd love to have in our kitchens.  So this week's blog is all about dreams and what you might want to put on your kitchen wish list for that next remodel.

Obviously, there are some main things that are must haves and should be at the top of the list.  Things like, lots of lighting & plenty of seating are a couple that come to mind.  When it comes to lighting, remember that kitchens have come a long way and it's not just meant to be a task space.  Task lighting is important, but try to incorporate different levels of lighting for the best effect.  Overhead, undercabinet, and decorative.  And as far as seating goes, if you want your kitchen to be a gathering place, be sure that it has places for people to sit.  Maybe this requires a banquette or a small bistro table with two chairs in the corner or maybe it's a long island with multiple barstools.  See how your kitchen can maximize it's seating space so people want to spend time there.

Beyond that, we wanted to share with you some pretty fabulous storage ideas that will make your functioning kitchen a dream kitchen (not to mention jumping the value of your home since kitchens sell homes).

Pimped out drawer storage is the best way we can think of to describe these organzied drawers. 

How nice would a drawer like this be?!  No more loud noises and fighting cookie sheets--it's just all separate and organized and tucked away neatly!

How nice would a drawer like this be?!  No more loud noises and fighting cookie sheets--it's just all separate and organized and tucked away neatly!

What a perfect use for that skinny shallow drawer!  Adding the right separators maximizes it's space and eliminate the junk drawer where things go to die.

What a perfect use for that skinny shallow drawer!  Adding the right separators maximizes it's space and eliminate the junk drawer where things go to die.

I mean, really,  Who would wants a perfectly organized, easily accessible spice drawer like this one?

I mean, really,  Who would wants a perfectly organized, easily accessible spice drawer like this one?

Tupperware drawers often become the second messiest place in the kitchen (after the utensil drawer) but this well-suited stacking storage drawer could save days of your life that might be wasted searching for that missing lid.

Tupperware drawers often become the second messiest place in the kitchen (after the utensil drawer) but this well-suited stacking storage drawer could save days of your life that might be wasted searching for that missing lid.

And finally, the pot and lid drawer.  One regular lower cabinet and the right hardware and our lives are complete.

And finally, the pot and lid drawer.  One regular lower cabinet and the right hardware and our lives are complete.

Since counter space is always a hot commodity, there are a few other things we'd recommend to help you maximize your kitchen functionality as well as keep it looking fabulous!

Hello, hidden coffee station!  We know that coffee paraphernalia can sometimes be used as decorative but it can also quickly overtake the kitchen countertop too....so save yourself and incorporate something like this into your next kitchen remodel.

And of course, everyone has that "junk" collecting section of their kitchen where the mail lands, along with their keys, pens, and sunglasses.  Instead of leaving that out on the countertop to take up space, incorporate a little hidden end cabinet that hides and organizes it all!  We're just gonna to say--this is genius!

Finally, don't forget about your trash and recycling.  We get that the kitchen is the place for the trash can, but it also doesn't have to become an eyesore.  Double can storage like this is ideal for any kitchen!  It also leaves more floor space for seating!