It doesn't matter how well you deck your (tiny-apartment) halls for the holidays. It's a truth universally acknowledged that all guests will end up noshing on appetizers in the kitchen. No one wants to miss out on Champagne-popping action or right-out-of-the-oven artichoke dip. The room is like a party command center, and it ought to be inviting.
But, above all, the kitchen is a work space; too many festive garlands just get in the way. With this in mind, we found 10 kitchens that are minimal, yet cozy to the max — thanks to wooden trays, open baskets, and a splash of red. Follow these tips, and your kitchen will feel so homey your guests won't even mind chopping the onions for you.