Not Yo’ Mama’s Kitchen

Working in New Construction, I run into countless people either looking to build their dream kitchen or re-do the kitchen they’ve “lived with” for the past few years.  How we use kitchens hasn’t changed a whole lot in the past oh, century.  We still eat, review report cards, and best of all celebrate most life events here with friends and family.  How our kitchens look and work; however, is changing and it’s good, it’s real good.

Here are some of my favorite ways to add function to your kitchen, whether you’re remodeling or building from scratch.

1.  Baking without the avalanche.

Stop stacking your baking sheets, cooling racks, and muffin tins.  This is such an easy fix/addition that you’ll be grateful for when that bake sale sneaks up and you’re making 5 dozen cookies at 11pm.

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2.  Hide your shame, spatulas. 

Just tell me this isn’t a brilliant idea.  This is something that will shake you to your core.  It’s so different from how we’ve stored our mismatched baking tools, but it’s so wrong it’s right.

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3.  Let your mugs breathe.  

Everyone has a set of neutral dinner wear that they end up using on a daily basis.  I say, bring them out to breathe!  Open shelving is a modern take on kitchen storage that gives your space a studio feel.

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Source: http://www.houzz.com/photos/5983420/Rustic-Reclaimed-Chestnut-rustic-kitchen-new-york

4. “Why are we not funding this!?” -Peter Griffin, Family Guy (Season 6; Episode 8)

Why do we build beautiful kitchens with Walnut cabinetry, imported Granite, and $600 faucets and we put a dollar store organizer in our drawers for the silver wear?  You owe it to whomever gifted you that all essential set of forks, knives, and spoons to treat your silver the way it deserves.  It should be nestled in these ingenious moving trays.  Your cabinet rep can put these in with little to no added expense.  Do it for the forks, people.

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Source: http://www.houzz.com/photos/771076/Brown-Nilon-Large-Double-Tiered-Cutlery-Tray-traditional-kitchen-dc-metro

Those are just a few of my favorite ways to make your kitchen smarter and more functional.  What do you hate/love about your kitchen?

Jenna Martindale | Lic Mn | Edina Realty | http://www.jennamartindale.com | jenna@jennamartindale.com

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