Thursday, October 13, 2011

calling all interior design junkies

We've been in our house for over 2.5 years now, and I am still in the process of figuring out what furniture is right, what to put on the walls, how to set things up, etc.  This is the smallest space we've lived in, but it's OURS and we will be here for a long time, so I'm okay with it taking a while to get everything just right.

Plus you know, a mere 4 days after we moved in, Lily decided it was time to see what life was like outside of the uterus, we've gone through two major construction projects.

I really do intend to do some posts about our home and the transformations, but that takes time to compose and I just haven't been discipline enough.

BUT.  I need your help with something.

I cannot figure out what to do with this space.

I didn't try to straighten up before I took this photo with my phone, because this is what it looks like all the time.  Sometimes even worse.

It's this space between our stove and the main cabinets which include the sink.  The cupboards are really short, so we'd fill a trashcan that fit in there in about three hours, no joke.  So the trashcan is out.  

I should go put the broom, swiffer, mop in the hall closet, the only closet we have.  But I'm lazy.

There is also some recycling behind the trashcan.  I'm planning on moving the calendar to a different wall because this is the view when you walk into or look into the kitchen.

Originally, there was a side door here, that would have gone to a patio/backyard in the original house layout.  Now my parents granny flat is on the other side of that wall.

I feel like there has to be some way to make this area more attractive (I may put up this wall canvas which I recently won from The Nester ) once I move the calendar.

But what else can I do??  Maybe a black trashcan would help since our appliances are black and the cabinets are a dark mahogany.

Any other bright ideas?  Have at it!!


  1. Personally I would put a small island there. We had one from IKEA that would fit there perfectly (but we sold it). It gave us some extra counter and storage space. I think you'd still be able to open your drawers with no problem. That, and the board you won. Just my .02 cents; not sure if it would work or not :)

  2. Another option is a tall white cabinet to store the trash can and broom/mop in. They sell them at Target and Home Depot. We have a pantry one in our kitchen, but they also sell them without shelves. You can paint it if you want, too.

  3. I agree with Jaimie's ideas, especially if you need more counter space. You can do a portable (on wheels) butcher-block type of island/counter that even has a cubby area below it for the trash can.... & if you want, you could also drill a large hole into the butcher block to scrap food waste directly into the trash can.

    We modified a kitchen cart from IKEA (no longer available) to fit in a similar space and store spices in the cubby area below the butcher block counter.

  4. I'm pretty confident any table you put there would end up being filled with crap and therefore an eye sore. What about 2-3 identical trashcans that would go flush agains the wall that you could actually fit your trash AND recycling in? AND/OR you could hang additional organizational stuff on the walls like this:

    I think you can mix and match this stuff, or find a similar/cheaper version of this at the Container Store or Target.


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