January 14, 2013

Scenes from a Tiny Kitchen: Creative Kitchen Decorating and Storage

Tiny kitchens call for creative storage and decorating solutions.
My kitchen is a diminutive 5' x 5' ~ making decorating and storage a real challenge.

By looking at a few old vintage pieces with a fresh eye, I've been able to put them into service doing double-duty as both functional storage and fun decor.

Here's a little tour of the small space solutions in my itty bitty kitchen:

This poor matryoshka mama was all alone at a friend's yard sale.  I knew I could find a perfect place (and a new role) for her in my home.  She's turned out to be my absolute favorite piece in my entire kitchen since she serves the ever-important role of salt pinch bowl.  She holds an ample amount of kosher salt so I always have enough salt on hand to season a sauce, add to a batter, or pour into a boiling pot of water for pasta.  Because she has a lid, I don't have to worry about the salt getting dirty or dusty while I'm cooking.

When my girls outgrew their vintage tin dollhouse, I couldn't bear to banish it to the garage.  At the same time, I was looking for a bread box that would be the right size and style for my kitchen.  The dollhouse, with all of its differently sized rooms was perfect for organizing our breads on the counter!  The "bathroom" upstairs provides just the right space for a porcelain tub of butter.

From my years in the cake business, I have cake pans in spades, but since I've been on hiatus, I've only needed a few standard size pans on occasion.  So, I decided to store the larger pans in a cupboard while the pans that get more regular use were stacked and displayed to look like tiered cakes.  Form and Function -- Not only do I have easy access to my pans, but they look sweet and make my cake stands feel useful too.

To save counter space by the sink, I keep my sponge and collection of dish soap, counter spray and hand soap on a cake pedestal that I created by attaching a dollar store candlestick to a glass plate with E6000.  To keep garlic in a dark, yet aerated place to keep it fresh, I store it in a small bamboo steamer basket.  I added a second layer to store shallots as well.

What fun solutions have you come up with for your kitchen decor or storage challenges?  Please share.

This post has been linked-up with:
Spice Up Your Kitchen Party @ Making Lemonade


  1. As you can imagine, I'm in love with the dollhouse breadbox. Such fun!

  2. Those are SUCH great ideas and they look fabulous. I love that dollhouse breadbox!

  3. How fun to get a glimpse inside your kitchen. Great ideas for repurposing vintage items... FAB!

  4. The dollhouse idea is awesome! I never would have thought of that. So creative!

  5. Such wonderful ideas, Jenn! My kitchen is small as well so every inch of storage matters.You gave me some great ideas :)

  6. I love what you've done. Darling! Thanks so much for sharing! :]

  7. These are great ideas!! Love the cake ware display!



  8. I know how cute it all is...since I have seen it first hand! Fun post!

  9. Love love love love love love times infinity plus one!

  10. Great ideas, especially smitten with the dollhouse, which I will be featuring on Craft Gossip this afternoon :) http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/

  11. I have that dollhouse! My grandmother rescued it from the dumpster when I was little. It's in my attic even now..I can't part with it!

  12. So creative! I love your ideas.

  13. I absolutely love your Corning Ware! i collect those items too. :)
    Love the doll house used as a bread box too. You are very talented!!!

  14. I love your imaginative display ideas!

  15. I have such a heart for vintage and adore these ideas. You've been featured in the Spice Up Your Kitchen Awards, thanks so much for linking up!



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