15 Kitchen Ideas to Kickstart Your Home Refresher

I live downtown which equates to a small kitchen and dining area. It suits our lifestyle for now, since it’s just me, my husband and our yellow labrador fur baby (though he’s not a baby anymore—he just thinks he still is). I love my neighborhood and our building is pretty cool (as in, lots of cool people who live here on a temporary basis). This place was always meant to be temporary for us as well (not that we are like said cool people), so I’ve always treated it as such by not doing much to decorate it and make it feel more “lived-in.” Well, 3 years later, we’re still here and will probably be for another year or so. If I had known  that, I would’ve been more inclined to decorate it. Gosh! Time flies so quickly.

Anyway, I’ve moved around quite a bit and have lived in my homes for 1-2 years max. And, for the most part, I’ve always treated them as temporary spaces. I’ve come to realize though that whether you live somewhere for 1 year or 10 years, you should just make a “home” out of it and enjoy it because you never know how long that short-term living may last.

From now on, I am going to do just that. I have been browsing design blogs, websites and magazines for some ideas to match the ones I have in my head. I like to have a visual reference so I can create a mood board. I do Pinterest as well, but I guess I’m old-fashioned, too. I like having a physical reference. So, while I’ve been pinning my inspirations, I have also been printing/cutting them out to add to my mood board. These are some ideas I’ve had in mind to bring new life to my downtown-dwelling kitchen.

1. Open shelves for easy-to-reach items.


2. “Ghost” chairs and a white table to “open up” a small dining area.


3. This bar and step stool looks like a nice project to work on. I love the pastel colors.


4. Maybe get a colorful rug to brighten up the space and “break-up” the white.


5. We need a light above the dining table and this one reminds me of the ones my parents had in our old house growing up, which they brought from the Philippines.


6. I really need to get a stand for the iPad instead of Mcguyering it, so I can easily follow recipes.


7. My dining area is much smaller than this, but I like the idea of having bookshelves there.


8. This is about the size of my kitchen. I’ve tried the peg board idea, but went with an Ikea pot rack and rail this time. However, I still have an empty wall that I’m considering adding the peg board to.


9. I like the idea of having those canisters for all the lemons I keep buying.


10. Another idea I had for the blank wall was to do a gallery wall instead of the peg board.


11. I kind of like the idea of having this print up in the kitchen.


12. What’s there not to love about this goldware? I mean, really.


13. The ubiquitous bar cart.


14. Of course, gotta carve out some space for our fur baby’s food and water bowls.


15. Unless we sacrifice our living room or bedroom, we definitely do not have the space for this dining set-up, but it gives me inspiration for having more dinner parties.



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