Monday, November 12, 2012

My Un-Fitted Kitchen

I have a confession to make: I am not a fan of fitted kitchens.

I've never lived anywhere that didn't have a fitted kitchen (the oldest building I've ever called home was built in 1950, by which time they were a standard feature), but I still don't care for them.

Overhead cabinets make me claustrophobic...I haven't had a dishwasher in years and would rather have more space, thank you...lower cabinets can be too deep (which means back pain when trying to locate and retrieve less-used pieces)...I can't imagine ever needing so much cabinet space anyway so it's a waste of room...somehow, the prep area is never big enough...and what do you do about a hopelessly inefficient work triangle?

Having traveled a bit (and having seen lots of Apartment Therapy house tours), I have serious kitchen envy. If you have an older kitchen without anything built in (beyond the sink, stove, and refrigerator)...can we trade houses? Please? Small size is not a deterrent.

This kitchen suits not just my visual style, but my cooking style as well.

When I get home with a week's worth of food, I tend to do all the prep work in advance, then store it in the fridge and have it ready to go when it's time to actually cook. Hence the sink on one end, prep table between the sink and stove, and the fridge on the other side (and the pantry across the room).

It's still a work in progress, but I like how it's coming along.


  1. It looks great Anna, very liveable and I love the way you have photographed it, the colours look ver natural, at first glance I thought it was a real kitchen.

    Fi xx

  2. Thank you Fi! I took the picture later in the afternoon so the light wouldn't be too strong.

    It is the ultimate compliment to be told a miniature looks real. I am floored.

  3. I love the details, looks very natural!

  4. Erik, thank you. Coming from such an accomplished miniaturist, that means a lot.

  5. I really like this 'unfitted' kitchen. I'm terribly impressed with the idea that you do your prep when you get home with the groceries!! My 'home from the supermarket' style is to shove it all in the cupboard and fridge as quickly as possible and put my feet up with a cuppa ;)

  6. Anna you have a great taste and a mind of a good designer. Thank you for sharing your creation.

    Patty Avery

  7. Hi! I love how the light is coming in through the windows. Very nice! The floor is very beautiful!
    Greetings from Lil in Sweden

  8. Thank you, Lil, and welcome!