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October 30, 2015
No space? No problem—these eight kitchens show it's possible to create a functional, full-service workstation in a tiny footprint.
Choosing tile for the kitchen backsplash was the biggest struggle of the project, according to Brechbuehler. They settled on light gray horizontal bars by Ann Sacks.

Muted tones, hard angles, and an efficient use of space make the tiny galley kitchen of a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment feel clean and comfortable.

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What’s the secret to successfully wedging a kitchen into a 258-square-foot apartment? A visual balancing act. When he recently decided to update his tiny kitchen, interior stylist Saša Antić devised a modern scheme that honored the apartment’s heritage. “I wanted it to be really graphic but quiet and beautiful,” he says. You might have to look twice to spot his solution: A strategically placed mirror, measuring 8.5 by 3.3 feet, makes the renovated kitchen feel more expansive.

Originally appeared in Modern Tiny Kitchen Remodel in Sweden
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Modern living room of with maple bookshelves

Faced with the challenge of a diminutive New York apartment in desperate need of a refresh, architect Tim Seggerman went straight to his toolbox to craft a Nakashima-inspired interior. The apartment, a 240-square-foot shoebox with a sleeping loft over the kitchen, was in dismal shape, without a true line or flush surface. “You couldn’t imagine a place that was more messed up,” says Seggerman, a man of serene bearing who might easily be confused with the actor Tom Skerritt. His solution was to insert what he calls a “crafted jewel box” into the undersize space, creating an enveloping cabin of blond woods.

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Originally appeared in Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan
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A guesthouse conversion in San Francisco

Where to go in a renovation of a 93-square-foot brick boiler room, built in 1916? Up, of course. For this vertical new guesthouse, architect and metalworker Christi Azevedo deployed Ikea cabinetry in the kitchen, which spans almost the entirety of the renovated building. In lieu of adding standard-issue fronts to the upper cabinets, she created sliding doors of sanded acrylic panels. A PaperStone work top extends from the stainless steel counter for additional prep space. When not in use, the movable dining table—also designed and fabricated by Azevedo—fits snugly beneath it.

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Originally appeared in A Compact Three-Story Brick Loft in San Francisco
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The reflectivity of the brass kitchen island makes it seem to dematerialize.

The kitchen of a modest, two-bedroom home in Auckland, New Zealand, feels spacious thanks to a brass island that seems to dematerialize with mirrored reflections, and a row of glass cupboards that allows more light into the space.

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Woody the Trailer Container Store galvanized steel shelving

Container Store finds, like galvanized-steel shelving in the kitchen, maximize storage in this tiny, DIY trailer home built by a couple on a budget.

Originally appeared in 22 Expert Tips and Tricks for Designing Small Dwellings
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modern kitchen renovation with blue countertops

Lukáš Kordík altered off-the-rack IKEA cabinets to give the kitchen of his tiny Bratislava flat a simple but effective punch of character. “I wanted the kitchen to be one simple block of color without any additional design,” Kordík says.

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Modern small cantilevered cabin in Massachusetts with Summit refrigerator, ikea cabinets, and heath ceramics tiles in the kitchen and lofted bedroom

The kitchen and lofted guest bedroom take cues from space-conscious urban living—including an apartment-size Summit refrigerator. The cabinets are IKEA and the tile is by Heath Ceramics. 

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Originally appeared in A Little Cabin Reaches Such Great Heights
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Choosing tile for the kitchen backsplash was the biggest struggle of the project, according to Brechbuehler. They settled on light gray horizontal bars by Ann Sacks.

Muted tones, hard angles, and an efficient use of space make the tiny galley kitchen of a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment feel clean and comfortable.

Photo by Jeremy Liebman.

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