Hiding Small Appliances

By Kate Riley April 17, 2017

The kitchen cabinets for the flip house in Vegas will arrive in a few weeks. In addition to the main cabinetry that surrounds the big appliances (range, refrigerator, etc.) I added a series of tall cabinets on an unused wall and included two pantries, one for food and the other to house bulk items and small appliances.

In my kitchen in California, I store small appliances in a cabinet hidden under the peninsula. It’s there that my blender, mixer, ice cream maker, and food processor live. Seeing a toaster or coffee maker or tea kettle if plain sight doesn’t bother me, in fact they can make a kitchen look more lived in. And if you use them every day, why put them away? I don’t have a colorful mixer but I also like those out on display, they are always cheerful to look at.

I found several attractive solutions for storing small appliances, including clever hutches and cabinets, appliances garages, and some well designed pantries too.



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this old house



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keystone millworks



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I’m always curious how people organize their kitchens. Where in your kitchen do you store your small appliances?


Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley April 14, 2017

Happy Friday! What’s up with you this Easter weekend? Today and tomorrow my day is filled with projects for the One Room Challenge. There is much to do in so little time since I’m leaving on another trip! More details on that next week, meanwhile I’m adding my personal touch to the nightstands, finishing the fireplace tile, and finalizing the decorative details all before I head out of town.

On Easter I’ll be taking a break from projects to spend time with family, also making grilled lamp chops, yum! Favorite links from the week below:


 This is such a pretty Vancouver home.

Consider black for your built-in bookcases.

IKEA hack: cabinet doors used as wall panels.

Tips for purging 80% of the clothes in your closet (good comments too).

Chic and charming: DIY gilded seashell salt & pepper cellars.

So much inspiration inside Spoonflower’s 2017 catalog.

20 cute and creative DIY Easter egg ideas.

Made me laugh: relationship savers at IKEA.

Cats in a box. (It’s true!)

Loved this article about leading “a beautiful, quiet, gentle life.”