Jan 3, 2011 10:30 AM
Shareen wrote: "Hi Outblush, OK, so the key to a good marriage is compromise right?
Well my husband fell in love with this house. I would say the rest of the house is pretty good find, BUT the kitchen and dining room look a cross between a boat house kitchen and pub bar. I may not be a girly girl but I am also not interested in living in a bachelor pad!
So I need some serious guidance! I am always up for a challenge but I am currently in San Diego for the holidays (I live in Australia) and since we move the day I get back I need help finding inexpensive solutions to the obvious storage problems and also a longer term plan on how I can turn this frat house into my home. We currently don't have much in the way of stuff so feel free to go wild. I will be bringing a few boxes back with me while I am here and anything that is too big I am sure I can find a similar solution in Australia."
Hello, our petite friend from down under! We are thrilled to help you with your new place. Because you're facing a few different issues with your home décor, we're going to break it down into three separate posts. One will deal with organization, another with window treatments, and the last with general art and atmosphere ideas. While we don't normally (ever) try to tackle so many issues in a Personal Shopper feature, we've chosen to consider this a Holiday Miracle. Our aim is to make it easy for you to pick up most of these items during your trip to San Diego, or at the very least, to get a good idea of what you like.
Oh, Shareen, Shareen, Shareen, let's deal with the teeny, tiny kitchen you're working with. Because you only have lower cabinets, it's time to get creative! The Container Store (with a couple of locations in San Diego) offers some nice options for optimizing the space under your cabinets. Each of these idea can help you make the most of your limited space:
The Container Store and Ikea (also located in San Diego for your vacationing convenience) also have products to ensure that you will have somewhere to store your dishes and plenty of attractive storage containers to keep on your open shelves.
We agree with your idea to add a small island to the end of your countertop (uh, bench). It's a "two birds with one stone" deal; you'll have a convenient place to keep your microwave and a bit more storage space. We recommend that you go with either a white finish or natural wood (to better match your existing appliances or the kitchen cabinets).