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Beauty + Function in this 150-sq.-foot Kitchen
Despite its small size, this sophisticated redesign is rich with style and brimming with storage—celebrating the beauty of attention to detail.
Written by Sarah Jane Stone
Photography by Bret Gum
Styled by Jickie Torres & Sarah Jane Stone

Small is not what defines this 150-square-foot kitchen. Its open floor plan, elegant style and attention to detail steal the show. When Charmean Neithart of Charmean Neithart Interiors. approached this redesign, she updated the layout, added a banquette and infused the homeowner’s personal style with sophistication and rich detail.

Glass panels on the cabinet doors allow the homeowners to display their collection of dishes and dinnerware, while small lights make them sparkle. Storing dishes in the cabinets above the discreet dishwasher makes it easy to unload and keep the counters clear.
The farmhouse sink and bridge faucet offer style and function to the kitchen. The deep single-basin sink is a workhorse that can manage a hefty load of dishes from entertaining, while the faucets’ long necks make filling pots a breeze. Not your usual island, the 19th-century butcher block has its original cleaver and anchors the space with its warm wood tone.

Open Wide

Prior to the redesign, the floor plan was choppy and closed-off. The homeowners wanted an open plan that would feel formal and elegant, but comfortable at the same time. With a collection of antique pieces and a dislike of clutter, the homeowners’ top priority was to have a place for everything. Charmean says the layout of the kitchen is the most important aspect and should dictate the design. “You don’t start a project with what you want it to look like; you start with the layout,” she says.

Highlights include custom doors, limestone floors, pewter hardware, fine antiques and a vintage butcher block from the 19th century with its original cleaver.

The designer opened up the kitchen by removing a wall where the banquette now sits and by raising the ceiling to add a sense of spaciousness. “This project took 14 months to complete from start to finish, and no detail was spared,” Charmean says. “Highlights include custom doors, limestone floors, pewter hardware, fine antiques and a vintage butcher block from the 19th century with its original cleaver.”

By tearing down a wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room, Charmean created a more open-plan design that fit the rest of the house while affording the kitchen a new breakfast nook. The new larger dining room was designed into another part of the house.
Charmean made the most of the newly built banquette and cabinets: the side of the cabinets boasts a door that conceals wine storage.
Under the banquette the team built in drawers that are now used to store kitchen linens.

Hidden Features

The kitchen cabinetry is as stylish as it is practical. Painted in Benjamin Moore’s River Reflections, the cabinets’ warm gray shade creates the comfortable elegance desired by the homeowners. Installed behind the soft-close cabinetry are a plethora of storage-savvy organizers— proving that limited space doesn’t mean limited storage.

Cabinets open to pullout shelves that neatly store pots, pans and serveware, while wide drawers beneath the stovetop keep utensils within easy reach. A divided cabinet above the stacked oven and microwave makes storing everything from baking sheets and cooling racks to casserole dishes and serving trays easy and organized. Built-in spice racks in drawers and easy pullout recycling and trash cans make the kitchen a highly efficient and well-thought-out space.

White, honed-Carrara marble may stain easily, but the homeowners had long wanted this material and have meticulously cared for it. An inset electric range keeps the area looking sleek and clean.
Storing spices is made easy thanks to a spice rack built into a drawer next to the stove. Its slanted tiers keep each label visible—perfect for grabbing that little something extra to tie a meal together.