Kitchen

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space

Beautiful blue vintage-inspired kitchen makeover

Vintage-inspired kitchen with some serious display power Author: Donna Griffith

Kitchen

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space

With little space and big dreams, see how this kitchen was transformed into a gorgeous, bright space.


This tiny kitchen goes from nothing special to a beautiful blue, vintage-inspired space that will have you cooking delicious meals every night.

Photo Gallery

prev next 1 of 8

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space

Small adjustments

Since space was an issue in this small kitchen, homeowner and Style at Home executive editor Suzanne Moutis opted for square-footage-saving elements like an 18-inch dishwasher (instead of the typical 24-inch) and an overhang to act as a breakfast bar.

Image by: Style at Home By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space

Personal touches

Blue and white and beautiful all over, even the insides of Suzanne’s cabinets could really be on display. Her favourite cookbooks share space with all the first aid musts that a mother and dog owner has on hand – everything from bacon-printed bandages (Suzanne’s, not her son’s) to medicine for the dogs is housed here.

Image by: Style at Home By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space

Small bursts of colour

Lemons sit in the sun beside the sink, ready to add flavour to a cool glass of water on the go. Mini bowls and vintage McCoy planters (pottery Suzanne collects) on the windowsill hold dog treats, sometimes kid treats, and rings while she washes dishes.

Image by: Style at Home By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space

Keep those counters clean

Cooking staples like garlic, sea salt and a range of utensils are easy to find and ready to use at an arm’s length from the stove. The garlic bowl – another vintage McCoy piece – demonstrates Suzanne’s panache for making her favourite collectibles functional so they don’t amount to needless counter clutter.

Image by: Style at Home By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space

Organized and ready-to-go

In the pantry, Suzanne shows off simple organizing ideas at their best: Shelves are organized and labelled (for soups, seasonings and baking ingredients), spices are corralled in a tray (making it easy to remove and search through) and file folders mounted to the back of the door sort takeout menus and filing.

Image by: Style at Home By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space

Sneaky small space savers

The success of the space planning in this small kitchen is largely due to strategic use of open shelving. Favourite bowls and dishes (collected on different trips to London, England) are displayed on a shelf built atop an inconvenient bulkhead. When life hands you lemons....

Image by: Style at Home By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space

On display

In another strike of exposed-shelving genius, Suzanne used the space between the wall studs to make a shelving unit to display some of her collected glassware. It’s a beautful idea that reminds us of the display cases in the prettiest stores.

Image by: Style at Home By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith; styling by Ann Marie Favot

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space

Make sure it flows

When you have to fit a lot into a small space, it’s difficult to ensure that things look easy on the eye. Suzanne managed this by repeating curves throughout the room (the countertop, shelves, dishware and even the print on the Villa Romo fabric), resulting in an effect that’s stylishly soft and seemingly imbued with the clouds and sky.

Image by: Style at Home By: Sara Cation Source: Donna Griffith; styling by Ann Marie Favot
Comments
Share X
Kitchen

Kitchen design: Vintage-inspired impact in a small space