Designer Natalie Hodgins made the most of her tiny kitchen with a light, neutral colour scheme, cheap and cheerful accessories, and practical built-ins like a quartz-composite peninsula table. She and her carpenter get extra points for creating storage-savvy bench seating out of stock IKEA kitchen cabinetry. "We added a kickplate, put flat stock on the top and 'MacGyvered' our own banquette," she says.
Contractor, carpenter pegreno.com. Paint Quiet Hideaway 81YY 81/016 (walls), Natural White 50YY 83/029 (trim), cil.ca. Countertop HanStone in Aurora Snow. Roman shade fabric Majken cotton, Bar stool Glenn, ikea.ca. Peninsula base havaseat.com. Pendant lights greatlighting.com. TV sonystyle.ca.