Small Beginnings…Kitchens

STARTING SMALL-FINISHING SMALL

Most of us fondly recall our first home. This doesn’t necessarily equate with that first apartment after college or the small house in the burbs shared with roommates.  Our first home is when and where we decide.  There is an emotional connection.  It is unlikely that this will be your last home, however it is no less important than the bigger, newer one of the future.

Small but striking

Small but striking

Dynamic details

Dynamic details

Whether you are a city mouse or country mouse, square footage may be lacking in your home.  I hesitate to use the term “starter home” as there are those who elect to stay in one of their first homes for a long time.  A little less square footage should not mean any less style.  Actually, I find styling smaller spaces easier.

Not your standard condo

Not your standard condo

The window balanced by oil paintings...fabulous

The window balanced by oil paintings…fabulous

When dealing with a boutique kitchen, I would elect to eliminate upper cabinets. This provides ample opportunity for art, mirrors or open shelving.

Before

Before

French inspired

French inspired

Imagine a small 1960’s kitchen.  Maple cabinets, Formica counters, linoleum floors.  Transforming that image into the above vision is nothing more than material choices.  The first, budget fitting home has every possibility open to you as a custom, mid life, McMansion.

Charming

Charming

Why not?

Why not?

Now the presence of a fantastic La Cornue stove seems to contradict the subject of first homes, but stay with me here.  This is an investment worth consideration.  This stove will be with you for life.  The magnificence of it’s quality aside, it will travel with you from your first home to your last.

Windows are critical in small kitchens

Windows are critical in small kitchens

There are the bungalow style homes of the 1940’s which often have a back porch.  This is fantastic opportunity to enlarge the square footage of the kitchen as well as add dramatic, large windows such as the above.

A small galley can still be stunning

A small galley can still be stunning

Turning our attention to the second opportunity for less square footage…paring down.  The children are grown, retirement is on the horizon.  Editing our belongings down to those precious few does not translate to less style.

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There is nothing grandiose about the above space.  The elements that comprise this beauty are thoughtful and very appealing. Choices are vast and available if you just expand the possibilities.

Marble is stunning

Marble is stunning

Standard, perhaps.  Stylish, absolutely!

Standard, perhaps. Stylish, absolutely!

Who needs a huge space when you have this style

Who needs a huge space when you have this style

Great style

Great style

Love the choice for the island

Love the choice for the island

Home is the emotional center for all of us.  Be it the tiny apartment that welcomes you at the end of your first day on the job. The dear two story that witnesses the bonds of parent and child.  Or the serene two bedroom reward for a life well lived.  Regardless of life stages or bank accounts, your home provides comfort every day because…

EVERY DAY MATTERS

 

 

 

 

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