Everything in its Place: Lori McGeown’s Compact City Kitchen at 7 Tide

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Everything in its Place: Lori McGeown’s Compact City Kitchen at 7 Tide

At 7 Tide, Lori McGeown of Kramer’s Custom Kitchens and Woodworking (kramerskitchens.com) created a compact city kitchen with a soothing palette of grays and brass hardware for added warmth. Her style is sleek but traditional, and simple and functional. For this project she was tasked with designing a city kitchen with a smaller footprint.

“In designing a city kitchen, I automatically thought smaller spaces, so I wanted to make the most of storage without taking away counter space, so the homeowner would have a prep area as well,” says McGeown. The cabinets create space to hide dishes and small appliances, and have customized spice and utensil drawers to keep everything in its place. “What could have been one big cabinet here is broken up into more functional pieces,” she says.

McGeown used gray inset cabinets and added two glass cabinets for balance on either side of the 30-inch Wolf hood and range. She chose to work with a 30-inch Sub-Zero stainless steel refrigerator as opposed to paneling for an industrial look for the city dwellers. Smaller appliances also allowed her more room for design and functionality.

The gray and white stone backsplash pulls the look together. “I didn’t want to overdo it with a busy tile, and I found this slab and fell in love with it and it went so well with this cabinet color,” she says. “I think it relates really well and the horizontal lining elongates the kitchen and makes the smaller space ultimately look a little bigger.”

There are so many elements in such a small space with functional cabinetry and storage still the overall look of the kitchen has a calming vibe, which is a good thing for the most popular room in the house. “There’s a lot going on, but it’s very simple at the same time.”