I can't even look at a picture of this kitchen without feeling claustrophobic, so I can't imagine how Anne lived with it (and cooked in it, even) for almost a decade. I think it goes without saying that after cooking for ten years in a kitchen that measured only 27 square feet (no, really) she was ready for a change.
The biggest change, by far, was the removal of the wall separating the (previously teeny tiny) kitchen from the living room. With a lot more space to work with, Anne was able to make her dream kitchen a reality.
The expanded kitchen, instead of being separated from the living room by a wall, is now joined to it via a long worktop with cabinets above and below. This more than doubles the storage and countertop area in the kitchen, and also ensures there's plenty of storage in the living room, too.
For the finishes for her new kitchen, Anne made some bold choices that give her space a unique, timeless feel. The chinoiserie-inspired backsplash tiles add a welcome dose of color to the kitchen and the living room, and the black marble countertop gives the kitchen a feeling of understated luxury.
The custom-made island/worktop has a beautiful maple wood countertop. Glass doors on either side of the island's cabinets allow light to flow between the kitchen and living room, while still providing a little bit of separation between the two spaces.
Anne's contractor Paulina provided storage wherever she could, even tucking a wine rack and a shelf for cookbooks into the end of the island. The finishing touch to the new kitchen is the black mosaic floor tile, which gives the space an extra dose of beauty and timelessness.
Anne couldn't be happier with her new kitchen — she says she feels like she has a whole new apartment. And she even has a dishwasher, her very first in an adult apartment. How's that for a dream kitchen?
Anne found her contractor, Paulina, through Sweeten, an online resource that connects homeowners with designers, architects, and contractors. You can see more photos, find sources, and read more about the project on the Sweeten blog.