My apartment kitchen is small but mighty. It's a rental, it's fine. But sometimes I see someone else's kitchen and it makes my heart just ache. Case in point:
Now the bright and lovely Ina Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa, (whose kitchen is pictured above) runs a veritable food empire, so she might have a few more resources than us ordinary people. Still, there are a few great lessons here for any smart home cook.
1. Eliminate Counter Clutter
Keeping the countertop clear actually makes you feel more efficient when you're cooking. And whenever possible, tidy up as you go. If you're planning a reno, consider adding pantry storage. I find staying organized keeps my head clear and I'm less likely to burn something, or myself.
2. Add Casual Seating
Put in a few stools for guests near your countertop so you can prepare dinner and socialize at the same time.
3. Use What You Have
If you own something beautiful, use it! Don't hide it away behind closed-door kitchen cabinets.
4. If all else fails, have a soak in the tub.
Especially if it looks like hers!