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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

my tiny new york kitchen

Two weeks after moving in, I posted pictures of our NYC apartment. I've made a few minor changes since then and thought I'd show them to you over the next couple days. If you're like me, you enjoy seeing how other people live. Maybe you're not like me. If that's the case, feel free to go watch the Olympics. I will not judge.

We added some color to our kitchen. Or as my sister says, "the tiny square footage New Yorkers try and call a kitchen." I admit it is small. When we moved in, one of my children paused and looked at the kitchen with a frown. He asked me if I was still planning to cook for them while we lived here. I assured him I would, and then promptly ordered take-out for 2 straight weeks. It took me some time to try and figure out how to do it.

Here's a before picture of the kitchen:



And after:



It's Davenport Tan from Benjamin Moore.



You want to know where those double doors lead?



Yes, to her room. Even though we have those doors partially blocked from her side, she is able to squeeze her little body through to get to the kitchen. Remember in college when you thought it was cool to have a mini-fridge in your room? Well my daughter thinks it's cool that she has her own secret passage way to an endless supply of food. She thinks it's better than the secret wardrobe in Narnia.

If you're confused as to why apartment builders would put a bedroom with access to the kitchen. They didn't. We did. Her room is actually a dining room that we converted to a bedroom. It's very common in New York, but not so common in suburbia, which is what I used to speak before we moved here.

I love having a window in my kitchen. Care to know what it looks like in New York today?



It is a lovely shade of gray. Dear Spring, where are you? I'm anxiously awaiting your arrival and will celebrate you with a dance when you arrive. It will be similar to Tenley's dance of love, as seen on this season of The Bachelor.

The main entrance to the kitchen is right off the living room.



So close it takes .1 seconds to get up off the couch during a commercial and get a snack. Well, actually, you could walk to any room in our whole apartment in .1 seconds. But I really like living in a smaller space - even with a family of 6. One of the perks is being able to clean my whole place in under an hour. Which gives me more time to sit on the couch.

Would love to know what you think!

23 comments:

Cassie said...

Michelle - I am so inspired by your beautiful "tiny" apartment...my husband and I are moving to a 2 bedroom apartment in 2 weeks and now I have some fresh ideas in mind on how to make use of a smaller kitchen! Thanks for sharing!!

Kirsten Smith said...

Your adventure in NYC is completely captivating me. When I was younger (before marriage and babies and way too many small kitchen appliances), I was committed to living in the city one day. However, my dreams of applying to NYU and majoring in musical theater were dashed when the application arrived my senior year-- only to be thrown away by my mother who was not amused at the idea of me going off to NYC all by myself. (So she let me go to Texas--all by myself. I'm still in therapy. I digress).

In any case, thank you for letting all of us country bumpkins live vicariously through you. I now dream of tracking waffle trucks via my iPhone...only, I don't have an iPhone yet either. *shrugs*

Nicole said...

It does take some time and engergy to figure out what to do with a small kitchen, doesn't it! I really like the color - adds so much more life to the space. At least you have a large refrigerator in there! Seems like you could even put some shelves above it for extra expansion.

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

looks great! I love the color.

Spsmiles said...

I am so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so VERY jealous of your view! I love it! Spring is going to be amazing in NYC...heck...every season is going to be glorious there! What fun!

jody said...

I love it! I clearly don't have (but do envy) your design sense & expertise, but I think everything you do looks so classy and warm.
We are dreaming about moving our family to a hospital ship on the coasts of West Africa so we too can live in a small space...NYC is an option as well, but the ship seems to be cheaper. :-)
Love following your family. Thanks for telling the stories.

dkzody said...

I think it's a lovely kitchen and looks like it has a lot of space. Actually, I consider your apartment to be very spacious. I think it's where you came from that makes you think it's so small.

Also, you have that huge view. Like someone told me about our tiny space (527 sq ft), "who cares what's behind you when you can look out on that."

Teresa said...

I LOVE the Davenport Tan! I'm a fan of a good brown...my house shows it. I love that you can put fun colors with tan and make a great room. Good work Michelle!

Elizabeth said...

I think the improvements are wonderful! I even clicked on the photo to check out your pretty dishes. Everything looks so clean and uncluttered. Bravo to you in your apartment for six!

Tarina said...

I'll take your tiny kitchen with that gorgeous view over a suburbian behemoth kitchen any day!

Tina said...

I just love your enthusiasm! Most people would cry at the thought of going from a house to an apartment. I love your kitchen!

Brenda said...

Love it! Looks cozier and actually bigger. Good job, Michelle!

Mc Allen said...

wow, it looks fabulous!!! I have to say that I havnt ever been to NY but boy is your view beautiful!! with a view like that, I wouldnt mind a small kitcken! ;) Lovin youe blog. xoxo LA

~Ginger said...

You could take a cardboard box and make it beautiful and people would call it "home".

http://dkzody.wordpress.com said...

Question: Do you have your own washer/dryer or do you take your laundry to a laundermat?

Laura said...

Michelle-

I love the new color. It makes the creamy colored cabinets and trim "pop". :) Beautiful. I want to thank you for your blog! I came across it...somewhere in cyber space. Not sure what I was looking for at the time. It's been a joy to read and really encouraging. We(my husband and 2 girls) are moving from Denver, Colorado to the east coast this summer! (though still about 4 hrs from NYC) Thanks so much!

Michelle said...

Thanks for all the kind comments everyone!

Dzkody: I do not have my own washer/dryer in our apartment. I wish I did! We do have a laundry room on the second floor, so it's not quite as bad as having to schlep everything down the street to another place to do laundry.

Sohailah said...

love that tan. Am looking for a more earthy color for my kitchen - the yellow is just a bit much these days.

Shannon said...

As a future New York City dweller, I am so inspired by what you have been able to do with the space that you have! Seeing this makes me feel confident that our little family will do just fine with downsizing! Thanks for sharing!

dkzody said...

The laundry issue is one I am pondering so that was why I asked. For 29 years I have a washer and dryer right next to my kitchen, in the garage. Very convenient as I do lots of laundry. So, now that I will have to schlep clothes up and down the elevator (our laundry rooms are in the basement), I wanted to know how others do it. I don't have to go outside, so I like that. We also have a dry cleaners in the building who will pick up and deliver to the concierge.

Laura said...

I have a question. Where's the kitchen sink? I was looking at the pictures, trying to get an idea of the dimensions and placement of things in the room and can't figure out where the sink is. :)

Shana said...

I am in the process of voluntarily downsizing my family from our current 3,000 sq ft home to an 1100-1400 sq ft condo or townhouse. If someone would just come on already and BUY MY STUPID HOUSE. But I digress. My point here: I am obsessively watching every single thing you do to your apartment and filing it away for future reference.

Michelle said...

Hi Laura! My sink is directly across from the refrigerator. Also, if you notice on one of the pictures there is a roll of paper towels. My sink is to the right of that. Does that make sense? It is definitely a tiny space for us, but we're getting use to it:-)

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