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For those of you who have a small kitchen, I can sympathize on how hard it can be to squeeze furniture in. Our kitchen is very small and I have a lot of appliances, with very little counter space. The question became, “How can I store all my appliances, with the very little cabinet space I have, while allowing me to use my everyday appliances with only one counter top?” Wellfunny pillow cases, have no fear! I found a solution that worked for me, and maybe, just maybe, it could work for you?! =)

Ok, here we go…;.

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We bought some open book cases…;.like those Ikea ones. Here’;s one similar, just to give you an idea of what I’;m talking about.

Ok, turn the book bookcase on it’;s side, against the wall, and now you have a counter with cubbies to put anything you like inside! The depth of these bookcases are only 14 inches each, so they really fit in our small kitchen.

We put two of these along two sides of our kitchen. One houses all my less used appliances, and one holds all my less used dishes. On top, I actually have our coffee station on one…;.you know where our two rebellious coffee machines are (see my other post)…;and on the other, I house my vinegars, and cooking wines, etc. Now, I wouldn’;t put my mixer, toaster oven, or anything that’;s super heavy or that shakes heavily on these. I use these “counters” for light appliances. Please don’;t mind my ugly wall tiles =)

Here are pictures of the insides so you get an idea of how easy storage can be.

…;…;you can even keep the manuals along with their appliances this way too, instead of stacking them in a drawer =)

To add curtains for the front side, I just just anchored two screw hooks to the ends and two in the center, then added a long wooden dowel. To make the fabric: stitch the edges with a sewing machine or fold back and iron the raw edge using fusible bonding. Just make sure one side is wide enough for the rod to be inserted in before you fold back and stitch or iron.

Happy Organizing!

We have a lot of decorating mantras here at How to Decorate, but one of them has to be that if you’re going to invest in a quality furniture piece, it needs to be able to serve multiple uses in your home. The way you live in your home is bound to evolve. What may have been a spare office could turn into a child’s bedroom, or perhaps a sunroom off the kitchen turns into your dining space. No matter how situations may change in your life, it’s important to have furniture pieces that can evolve with you, moving from room to room and still being functional and beautiful. Because of this, we love showing unconventional ways to use our pieces in the pages of our catalog, like in this dining room where we used our Toulouse Bookcase to display dinnerware!

*** I wish I had a picture of the hat on a kid right now but I won't be seeing my niece or nephew for a day or so. The hat when it has shape looks a lot different than what is pictured when it is flat. I was just really excited about this hat though, so I wanted to post this right away. For now, enjoy my fat kitty Emperor Pilaf wearing it :)

Now that Gordon is a big Kindergartener, our nursery days are over. I’m cool with it. He still gives me some pretty amazing hugs. Welp. Ok, back to that nursery. We recently ditched the toddler bed, moved our queen bed into his room, and upgraded ours to a King. Now he will have a bed he can stay in for as long as he is here. It can be forever. I’m totally ok with that. Now it is time to round out the room with toy storage, a nightstand and some lighting! We’ve partnered with our longtime friends at Lamps Plus, to help us furnish and illuminate the room with their gorgeous products. While the inspiration board above might not look like the bedroom of a 5 year old, that is my goal. I want this to be a room that he can live in for as long as he lives here. Read on for all of the details…