Photo 1: “We’ve made our small space work for us by turning every possible surface into a multitasking workspace. For instance, our knives are displayed on one wall via a magnetic strip, our pots hang on hooks on another. This not only makes for easy access, but keeps us from using valuable counter space. Also, when not in use, our stovetop displays our favorite cooking vessel: a Le Creuset Dutch oven. We may bump into one another from time to time, but when you love your fellow chef/spouse as much as we do, that’s just a bonus.” –Samantha + Grant Fann @howimetmydinner
Photo 2: Justin and Lyndi are young creatives living in East Nashville. Lyndi operates Littlest Love Bakery and Justin is the marketing director of The Peach Truck. After spending four years in a 700-sqft apartment, Lyndi and Justin knew that this was their new kitchen the moment they laid eyes on it. With an open layout and an island that faces the dining and living rooms, the kitchen is just right for entertaining. The marble counter tops, bright white subway tiles and large windows facing east provide lots of bright light. We love the bright yellow kitchen stools that add a pop of color and whimsy to the kitchen.
Photo 3: In a small 1900's house in the yet to be gentrified Wedgewood Houston area is antiques dealer Jordan Long's refurbished kitchen. Decked out in funky antiques and flea market finds, it's homey, functional, and a great space. Every nook and cranny holds an unexpected yet useful item.
Photo 4: Lauren, from Bloomsbury Farm, renovated her kitchen with a big island in mind for excellent food prep space. She says “...the windows are also great for wildlife watching and season changes. We love our farm kitchen.”
Photo 5: We love this kitchen from Tec and Chelsea Petaja. Windows over the farmhouse sink and the white tile make it a bright, clean palette for colorful kitchen accessories. “I love our kitchen because it can finally fit more people in it! Without one chair or barstool in the room, we still make it our congregating space—countertops make the best seat in the house!”
Photo 6: KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms calls this her “macaroni and cheese” kitchen because “it’s about all that’s being cooked in here.” Originally, the kitchen was wallpapered with laminate flooring and without light. KariAnne and her husband opened up the space to the family room and added a transom, white cabinets, a plate rack, and a butcher block island. A recipe wall holds plates and a recipe, which they can change when they like due to the use of vinyl lettering.
Photo 7: With our booming urban population, the Urban Cultivator is right at home. About the size of a wine cooler, this “green” cabinet grows herbs, sprouts and other greens hydroponically with the help of grow lights, a little water, and some nutrients–no soil required. For city-dwellers with no patch of land, this might be just the thing. You can find them being installed in many of the condos around town. Check them out at A-1 Appliance in Belle Meade.
Photo 8: Will Connor and Kim Matthews have a sleek modern kitchen to match their minimalist stone house built on top of a ridge in West Nashville. From their full window view of the woods below they can take in all sorts of wild life, and the stars above. Natural light occupies their kitchen almost 24/7.