**new series** Kitchen Options: Farmhouse Sinks

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I pin so many images to my kitchen pinterest board that I figured I’d start a new series about different options because frankly, there are a ton. First up farmhouse sinks…

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I love the modern look of a slanted front above. Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron fronts because of the exposed frontal part, are typically a single basin. I like them because they flow into all design styles and not just country kitchens. They are very deep and great if you do a lot of cooking and need to scrub tall pots. The depth also reduces water splashes…

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Farmhouse sinks come in a variety of finishes. I personally like copper most but you can also get them in stainless steel, bronze, fireclay, porcelain, cast iron etc. Kohler even carries decorative apron styles…

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The roman shade is a nice classic option for kitchens as well. This area above may be in a butler’s pantry because of the wine cabinets below….

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Tuesday’s Tips: repurpose bar carts and make a coffee station

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Maybe you’re not an alcoholic drinker but you do indulge in a daily latte, coffee or tea time. Those bar carts or small bakers racks can be repurposed as a coffee cart or station. I absolutely love this idea. It’s like bringing a hotel amenity in your own home. There’s just something so welcoming about coffee, cups and cream & sugar waiting for you to start your day.

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Make the station interesting with a picture wall. This is especially cool if you have frequent guests. Make sure to keep any to-go cups with lids ready for those long commutes….

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Keep the jazziest mugs, cups and saucers on display. Now is a good time to at least display those mugs you get as gifts that you never really use. Some mugs can even house the sugar cubes or straws…

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QOTD: Thoughts on Hidden Paneled Refrigerators…

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I have never been one to gravitate toward concealed refrigerators mainly because nicer top of the line ones are quite beautiful. I’ve shared this sentiment in the past on my post about my trip to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Though this post is filled nicely designed paneled fridges, I may be in the minority as a designer who prefers seeing the real thing especially in a kitchen where there is already so much cabinetry. What are your thoughts?

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Tuesday’s Tips: ways to make small kitchen more functional…

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Oops. Scheduled thispost for today instead of tomorrow. Your tips are a day early

Placing a tiny table with two stools tucked under can give you that eat-in kitchen feel. If you live solo, don’t feel as id you need to purchase a 4 seat table set. Buy what you need. If you only need seating for one, get one seat.

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You may have a free wall in a galley kitchen where you could squeeze in an industrial bookshelf without taking much floor space. Store appliances, cookbooks and things that don’t fit in a cabinet. The key is color coding or leaving out the things you use daily, often and items that ate visually beautiful. So use that crystal bowl wedding gift as a fruit bowl instead of it staying in a big box taking valuable space and collecting dust. Free up counters for food prep by keeping your toaster and coffee maker here…

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Walls are your friends in small spaces. Use them to your advantage like magnetic knife racks instead of typical knife blocks. Rods with hooks can hang mixing utensils etc…

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A wall hung collapsible table can be your key to more surface space when need be…

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Even if you don’t have room for a table, buy a stool that is a comfortable height to sit and dine at the counter. Do you burn something the moment you walk away to sit down and watch tv in the living room or end up with clumpy oatmeal because standing idle at the stove is boring? A stool at the stove can prevent that, rest your feet and allow you to take a quick read of a magazine while you wait for dinner…
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It’s possible to sometimes fit small rolling islands in a small kitchen. They can be used for storage, added surface for food prep or in some cases, seating. Place them along the tile at the edge of the kitchen to separate rooms if the kitchen has an open L shaped floor plan.

{Images via BHG, the Kitchnthe Glitter Guide}

Tuesday’s Tips: get more counter and floor space with these hidden storage ideas

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Get more counter space by hiding essentials in a pull out drawer. Instead of housing in jars, you can pull out and easily scoop corn meal, flour etc…
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A ventilated drawer to store non refrigerated foods like onions are great space savers too instead of large baskets on the floor or counter…
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