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JUN 2019

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your counters as part of your storage for small appliances, I try to hide them behind a garage, so when you're not using every- thing, you can just close it up and the space looks neat and put away, which also makes it look bigger." Narrow and shallow spaces are also put to good use in the smaller kitchen. "18"-deep cabinets are the perfect depth for two or three jars, boxes of cereal, larger, bulk-sized containers, and small appliances like crockpots and mixers," reports Feld. "Shallow can-pantries that can even recess and fit between studs like a medicine cabinet might only hold two-depths of spices or one can, but provide easy access, prevent double buying and rotate food on hand," she continues. Pentic likes skinny pullouts for spices. "If you have a small space – like if your refrigerator needs to be near a wall but not against it so that you can open the doors – you have just enough room to add a skinny pullout on the side," she explains. This can be a spice storage area or a broom closet or even a pull-out pantry. "I like using those in narrow spaces, be- cause even 12" pullouts with chrome baskets with six or seven shelves can make a big difference," she remarks. The designer also tries to make good use of space when cli- ents open up the wall between the kitchen and a living or dining area. "If you're creating a peninsula, it helps to make that space wider so you have 24" cabinets on the front side and 12" cabi- nets on the other," she states. "You might not use that cabinet every day, but you can store extra china and wine glasses there." And, when it comes to useful upper cabinets, Pentic believes the ceiling is the limit, maximizing the height of the space by removing useless soffits. "We tear them out and gain an extra foot of space," she reports. "You may need a step stool to reach it, but it's a great place to keep holiday dishes or other seldom-used items," she contends. In this 11'x10' kitchen, Tracey Stephens of Tracey Stephens Interior Design enlarged doorways to adjoining spaces to add to the illlusion of space, and enlarged a window for natural light. Small-scale versions of storage and organizational items are cleverly housed throughout. (Top photo) Stephens removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room in this Mid Century Modern space, which allowed for ample storage on both the kitchen and dining side. Glass-front cabinet doors that showcase a pottery collection add interest, while cabinet interiors that house items such as hidden trash receptacles and pull-out cutting board storage eliminate clutter and add much-needed function. Photos: Wing Wong/Memories TTL 50 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019 KITCHEN TRENDS

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