Everyday inspiration for keeping your kitchen clutter-free, plus Martha Stewart's own kitchen organizing ideas.
An editor's tiny apartment still manages big style and a clutter-free appearance. The cabinet doors were removed to make the kitchen feel more open. The backs of the shelves were painted the same blue as the walls. Food is stored in the white canisters on the shelves, and the large storage boxes above hold platters and holiday decorations.
In this Pelham, New York, home, the owners went for a subdued palette. Cabinets from a laboratory supply company hold white tableware and an array of glass compotes and cake plates. The island is topped with a practical butcher block, and large bowls serve as decorative storage pieces.
Magnetic bulletin boards are handy, but the color options are limited. Make your own and you can match the color of your kitchen.
First, paint a prestretched artist's canvas. When it's dry, turn it over. Coat a piece of cut-to-fit sheet metal with spray adhesive, and attach it to the back of the canvas. Place a same-size piece of foam board on top of the metal. Then screw mirror clips (one on each side) into the frame and a sawtooth hanger on the back, toward the top. Glue ribbon around the edges for a finished look.
Martha's rugged summer home at Skylands on the coast of Maine boasts a less formal yet highly functional cooking space. She took every white dish she could find out of the cupboards and put them on display. A porcelain fishmonger's table blends in perfectly to create an intriguing composition in an unexpected place.
Store serving trays, platters, and cutting boards with tension curtain rods. Measure the vertical distance between two cupboard shelves. Position appropriate-size rods between the shelves, as shown. Twist rods to tighten, so their inner springs will keep them upright. Use two rods on both sides of each item, spacing them according to the dimensions of individual pieces.
Because Martha's collections of dishware, cake plates, domes, pottery, and the like have grown over the years, she created more room for them by utilizing the vertical space in her Lily Pond Lane pantry. Shelves painted the same color as the kitchen ceiling keep everything organized and accessible.
Covered with chalkboard paint, a pantry door serves as the perfect place to keep a running shopping list. In this case, only the inside panels were coated with chalkboard paint, but we custom-colored the paint so that it blends seamlessly with the rest of the door. (Always tape off those areas that you don't want to paint, such as knobs and hardware.)
Metal baskets once used for milk bottles and other groceries make perfect storage units for the kitchen. For maximum impact, choose similar containers but vary their sizes and shapes (the metal ones here feature punched holes and wire grids). Line baskets with canvas, and group them together to organize an entire roomful of odds and ends.
A 25-foot-long counter stretches across this galley kitchen. "It's efficient for cooking, but also long enough to serve as a buffet," interior designer and homeowner Kimberley Renner says. Reproduction library-style lights illuminate the counter; the steel cabinets and shelving were custom-made by Renner's brother, Cole Thompson.
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