Modern storage and rustic charm. From Casita, a cleverly outfitted multi-purpose pine kitchen storage unit stained to look like something from the past, for the anti-IKEA set in search of space-saving remedies for the contemporary kitchen.
The top piece can be closed to give a more streamlined look when not in use if your kitchen is in view of your living space. And it opens up to reveal built-in attributes like hidden counterspace, lots of drawers, wine storage, an extra pull-out cutting board, a utensil rod, plus dishtowel racks on the side for easy access. Two additional models with scary chickens and cows stenciled on them (not shown here) take the country theme too far. From €570. - Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com