Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sweet Galley..

As a designer, I realize not everyone has gobs of money to make their home look smashing. {I certainly don't}..but I'm a firm believer that a small sweet home beautified on a budget can look and work just as wonderfully as a huge Mc Mansion..{who needs all that extra STUFF anyway?}. I came across this small galley kitchen from Southern Living today, it's simple but has a great feel doesn't it? Note the small details that make the difference.
- painted wood plank ceiling
- great light fixtures
- Use a piece of furniture to store and display your platters, dishes and plates
-clean simple surfaces and finishes
-creative storage solutions, recessed t.v. eg. stashed cutting board
- leaving one side open without upper cabinetry makes this kitchen feel roomier
- Always allow enough natural light into your spaces - even if you have to splurge on a new window or two
- Use shallow shelving for storage, every space counts!


20 comments:

a little bit of everything said...

Hi Julie! Have to say the best thing we did was take out a window in our kitchen after we moved in and replace it with a triple patio door. Made a huge difference and so much more convenient!

Simony Silva said...

Your blog is very inspiring! I love the way you present the ideas. Thank you for sharing your talents.

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

I love a functional galley kitchen. Going to post mine soon. Merely because it kicks me in to shape for finishing these spaces. I just seem to love your blog more every day. :)

angela walker jewelry said...

Love this post! I left a comment a little while ago but it went off into blogland, never to return : ) I really like the how the white cabinets and the wood shelving play off of each other... It gives it a "warm" feel. I especially like that the shoot has people in it. It looks like somebody actually lives there!
Health and happiness,
Angela
http://angelawalkerjewelry.blogspot.com/

MB said...

Sounds strange but I'm not a fan of big kitchens, so needless to say, I love the kitchen that you have posted! The kitchen is small but the attention to detail is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

A Perfect Gray said...

very nice. agreed. money and space are no substitute for style...

paula said...

this is a local house and it's gorgeous. Jessica Thustan renovated it throughout. It's up for sale too.

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

Paula,
Oh really interesting. It would be fun to see the real estate shots..if you come across them, please send them my way.

Thanks,
Julie

Kerri said...

What a pretty home Julie. It looks like a true home, not just a showpiece.
K x

Irene said...

Lovely. Light filled and spacious. I do agree that omitting some upper cabinetry can make a kitchen feel roomier.

Lila said...

Wow, that is a great kitchen. I love white cabinets. They're so cheery and bright!
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Hi Julie,
I enjoy your blog, and I agree with you totally on making the space you have the best it can be. I love seeing a home at it's best regardless of it's age and size, and the photos of this kitchen reflect comfort, beauty and functionality. What more could you ask for??

SogniSorrisi said...

What a bright and airy space!

jules @ Lovely Las Vegas said...

This is a really great home. Not sooo small, but still a great, and a realistic model to get ideas from.

le @ whoopwhoop said...

just love this - it so works. I am not a fan of the hug kitchen - I'll take one like this with form and function over big and brash anyday - thanks for sharing le

red ticking said...

this is such a darling post... have a great weekend xx

Hill Country House Girl said...

Love this post. It feels real and like somewhere most of us could relate to. Very pretty details in the kitchen and dining area. Just found your blog and love it!

Sarah La Rose said...

Great kitchen! I love the shelves for storing everyday plates and the hidden cutting board is so cool!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

i miss a slideout cutting board--reminds me of my grandmother's house!

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

wow! this does seem absolutely perfect! excellent find! and thanks for sharing..., am loving you blog... off to see more!
-kelley

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