Inspiration for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation

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Name: Jennifer Pade
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: West Village, New York, New York
Type of building: 300 square foot apartment in a co-op building

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Yesterday we introduced you to our newest Renovation Diary project, the overhaul of the tiny kitchen in Jennifer's 300 square foot West Village apartment. Today, we're taking a look at some of her inspiration for the new space.

From Jennifer:

I love a contemporary look — sleek, modern style warmed up by wood, concrete, stone or other natural materials. Simple lines of white cabinetry offset by stone countertops and rustic broadplanked wood flooring. A clutter-free appearance also appeals to the minimalist in me. (Clutter is the enemy of a tiny apartment!) Ideally, everything in my kitchen will be stored in drawers and behind closed cabinet doors. And the somewhat Asian style of a translucent sliding door to the bathroom should add interest to the room.

This picture above (spotted on The Kitchn) actually inspired me to start my renovation. It’s the perfect small kitchen — sleekly modern with warm wood touches, plenty of efficient storage, and absolutely gorgeous lighting. And it’s mostly white, which is exactly what I want, to make my tiny kitchen seem larger.

This dreamy white and warm-wood kitchen has that perfect modern but not too austere feel that I want. Love the farmhouse-style sink and stainless steel accents. And what a great idea to extend the countertop into a window-seat! (From Bonytt via From Scandinavia with Love.)
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My dream is to have my kitchen renovation suddenly provide me with a 2-bedroom apartment complete with fireplace and ocean view, but I’ll happily take a more efficient and streamlined kitchen with simple lines and beautiful finishes. Lots of white with wood and warm lighting are my ideal. With added small pops of color here and there to keep things interesting!

Once I saw a picture of a pull-out pantry, I knew I had to have one. I can’t count how many times I’ve purchased a pantry item, only to discover that there was already one shoved all the way to the back where I couldn’t see it. Perfect solution! (From Linda Burkhardt, via Houzz.)
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Because my kitchen is super tiny and because I had no prior experience with kitchen design or renovation, I knew I needed help from either a kitchen designer or an architect. I had been looking at inspiration photos for months and had some ideas of what I wanted, but really didn’t know what I could realistically include in an 8x6 space. A friend referred me to an architect who also had experience with kitchen design — Jim Moorhead of SSK Architecture in New York City. Jim helped me come up with a plan that fit all the storage and appliances I wanted into the space and had enough storage space to put all the clutter behind closed doors. He also helped me make decisions on materials, based on aesthetics, cost and durability.

This was the first photo I saw that made me realize I wanted a separate oven and cooktop. My current oven takes up so much space unnecessarily. With a wall oven and a 2-burner cooktop, I can make the most of my space and fit in a dishwasher. So exciting! (From Rivioli Interior Design, via Houzz.)
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As far as finished are concerned, I knew I wanted a mixture of modern and warm textures and colors, so I decided on speckled-white engineered stone countertops, pale wood flooring, and sleek white cabinetry (from IKEA) with very simple stainless steel pulls. The refrigerator and dishwasher will both be stainless steel, as will the 2-burner gas cooktop. For lighting, the plan is for simple, recessed ceiling fixures and some under-cabinet LED light strips to add dimension to the overall lighting effect. I still haven’t decided on the backsplash material, but I’d like to do subway tile in a color, to offset all the neutrals. The sliding door separating the kitchen from the bathroom will be smooth translucent white plastic.

A translucent sliding door like this one (from The Sliding Door Company will be the perfect replacement for the folding pocket door I have now separating my kitchen and my bathroom. Aside from being much prettier, it will allow light to move between the two rooms.
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Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow as Jennifer discusses the budget for her renovation.

(Diary Text: Jennifer Pade, Images: As linked above.)