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How To Organize Your Awkward Kitchen: Secrets From A Pro

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    If you don't have easy access to tools and ingredients in the kitchen, there's a slim chance you'll muster the motivation to whip up even the simplest bowl of quinoa. Every whisk, funnel, and can opener ought to have its own place. But, that's easier said than done in weird city apartments where cabinets are often not wide enough to house pans and counter space is scarce.

    So, we called upon organization and design expert Jeffrey Phillip (he's fixed Katie Couric and Gayle King's closet conundrums) to take a look at R29er Natalie Fine's Williamsburg kitchen which was yearning for some organizing TLC. Natalie's always loved to cook, but being unable to fit a sauce pan in her top cabinets and having zero room to cut up vegetables deterred her from stocking up on dry goods. There were a host of small-space dilemmas that Jeffrey immediately spotted. But, there were also solutions to maximize the space and store smarter. Ahead, all his genius tips and product picks to make you actually want to seize that spatula and live up to your hostess potential — even if you're just pulling dish ware for takeout. Because there's nights for that, too.


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    "From the start, I envisioned creating a space that worked with Natalie, and not against her," says Jeffrey. "I wanted space for her to prep, space to store food and cooking tools, and a room that was more efficient, more stylish — and, of course more organized."

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    "I wanted to modernize the space for Natalie, but didn’t want to fight the colors that were already there — the blonde wood cabinets, the tan and mauve tile, and the brown tones in the floor. Mixing the navy, stainless steel, and wood tones was the perfect way to give the space some modern drama, as well as make it feel warm and inviting."

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    "Whether we're talking about a big kitchen or a small kitchen, people routinely struggle with how to make their kitchen work efficiently. In Natalie’s case, she was limited to the kitchen that came with her rental apartment. We used open shelving, added a pegboard and mirror, and created a charming space that now flows well with how Natalie uses her kitchen."

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    "I chose to put the mirror on the open wall that previously held a small pot rack to create a primary focal point when you walk through the doorway.  As luck had it, the wall was the perfect size.  Using this space for storage wasn’t the best direction to go. I wanted something there that would be clean, captivating, that would reflect the light from the nearby window and give the illusion that the space is a little larger than it is."

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    By making a pegboard Jeffrey was able to move all her cookware and utensils to easy access on the wall. No more struggling to pull a pan out of the cupboard now.

    "The pegboard became the ideal solution to store all of the oversized and highly used items. In this project it was the keystone to making the kitchen more organized and efficient for daily use.