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On Trend Tuesday

Hello! This week I am introducing some new features to the blog beyond plans for my own home. Yesterday I started with "Manic Monday" where I shared most of the images I saved last week and the reasons why. I mentioned at the end of yesterday's post that when I was looking through the images I noticed a trend of sorts. I saved those images to talk specifically about that trend today.

The trend is what I will label "narrow kitchen storage". I think we can all agree that the more storage there is in a kitchen the better! Taking advantage of narrow spaces can be quite a game changer, particularly in a small kitchen. When I designed the renovation of my kitchen in Chevy Chase, I converted the existing ironing board cabinet in the space into a spice cabinet. The cabinet was very narrow. I wanted to keep the cabinet though because the door added charm and interest to a very tiny kitchen and I figured I could find a good use for the space inside. I had the interior repaired (smoothed out) after removing the ironing board, painted on the inside to match the walls of the kitchen, and had narrow glass shelves made to fill the space. When you opened the door to the cabinet there were all of my spices in alphabetical order! Storing the spices this way saved valuable space in the full size cabinets for other cooking essentials.

Existing narrow cabinets are not the norm in kitchens so the best way to take advantage of narrow spaces, and what seems to be trending right now, is to add them between the interior framing of your walls. This visually elevates the space and turns a wall, that otherwise would most likely be used to hang artwork, into useful storage.

In this first "narrow kitchen storage" image, the shelf recedes further than the wall to its right allowing for glassware to be beautifully displayed and easily accessed - making the corner come alive!

This "narrow kitchen storage" takes full advantage of interior wall space to create beautiful shelves for glassware.

Here are three vantage points of a pair of "narrow kitchen storage" cabinets that fit snugly between the two by sixes inside the walls.

I will end with two bonus pictures I have seen recently of incorporating bookshelves into the kitchen. I am a huge fan of bookshelves for both form and function. I think bookshelves make any space better and having storage for cookbooks in the kitchen is especially beneficial.

This shelf cleverly takes advantage of space that could have easily been left as drywall.

This shelf is a great way to avoid "dead space" in the corner.

I will be on the lookout for more trends and share them when I see them on upcoming editions of On Trend Tuesday. Until then, I will be back with other ideas and inspiration:-). See you Thursday!

Thank you for being here today,





Hi, I’m Kerry, a true lover of all things home design.  Thank you for stopping by to check in on the journey.  Please feel free to reach out to me, I love to talk design!

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