Category Archives: Useful spaces

Useful kitchen spaces: Peninsulas that work!

A peninsula should be more than a museum for Great Grandmother Ethel’s antique tea cups. What better place is there for a cocktail than at a bar adjoining the kitchen? Glasses, bottles and stools are all within reach . . … Continue reading

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A functional kitchen island from IKEA

We’ve all been there: we’re trying to create the perfect island for the kitchen and the ideas seem contradictory. However, there’s no need to sacrifice looks for functionality! You can have them both with a gorgeous two-level island. Just take … Continue reading

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Kitchen design ideas: glass doors for a china cabinet

Many of us experience that sense of dread when our mother-in-law announces a sudden visit. Special dishes and silverware that distinguish the occasion must be looked for and sorted out. Storing them separately adds to the anticipation (or trepidation) as … Continue reading

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Storage solutions: kitchen corner cabinets

It’s senseless to be “backed into a corner”, or suffer a poor design, for corner base cabinets.  The average kitchen has only one and there’s at least six feet of available storage space available.  Designed well, the corner base cabinet … Continue reading

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IKEA kitchen islands: your own cooking and baking center

Typical kitchen designs have a full range or a cooktop in one cabinet and wall oven in a tall cabinet.  If there’s space for an island, then a lot of space is saved by including them here. The island shown … Continue reading

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How to design a breakfast center with IKEA cabinets

We’ve all experienced that morning stupor during which just a simple breakfast of a bagel, or cereal and coffee is all that’s necessary to carry on. Or, a warm Pop Tart and a glass of orange juice could be tasty. … Continue reading

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The Before Shots and the Completed Design – Project 5

IKDO used Ramsjo Red-Brown for a modern kitchen and wet bar design. Cabinet Cost: $7,049.21  (countertop included)

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Kitchen space solutions: Use only the appliances you’ll need

Everyone gets excited when planning home renovations and it’s relatively easy to get carried away with so many nifty appliances in the market.  That’s how some end up with a design such as this one: This reduces not only your … Continue reading

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IKEA kitchen islands: a practical desk area

Using two 36″ base cabinets along the back (or any other combination that adds up to 72” wide) and two 15″ four drawer base cabinets on each end at the front – creates  a practical desk area that’s 42″ wide … Continue reading

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Storage solutions: IKEA movable wire baskets

Do you often wonder what lurks at the back of the bottom of a base cabinet?  It’s often a handy gadget that you forgot that you owned – or that elusive sack of sushi rice from a last years’ Japanese-themed … Continue reading

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