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A narrow end cabinet, located above a prep area and near my cook top, is the perfect spot for my cookbook collection.   A bookstand lets me to prop open a cookbook and follow the recipe as I cook.

1 A narrow end cabinet, located above a prep area and near my cook top, is the perfect spot for my cookbook collection. A bookstand lets me to prop open a cookbook and follow the recipe as I cook.

The cabinet above the cook top houses a fan and vent that creates small cubbies perfect for storing cooking oils, spices, wraps, storage bags and other small kitchen tools.

2 The cabinet above the cook top houses a fan and vent that creates small cubbies perfect for storing cooking oils, spices, wraps, storage bags and other small kitchen tools.

On both sides of the kitchen, there are the deep narrow corner cabinets.  Martha and I thought they were perfect for storing my stemware.

3 On both sides of the kitchen, there are the deep narrow corner cabinets. Martha and I thought they were perfect for storing my stemware.

A pull out pantry holds all of my staples.  It's fully stocked with everything I need thanks to Martha.

4 A pull out pantry holds all of my staples. It's fully stocked with everything I need thanks to Martha.

This idea did run in the article but I thought I would give you a more detailed view.  The cabinet above my refrigerator is the perfect place for my flower arranging supplies.

5 This idea did run in the article but I thought I would give you a more detailed view. The cabinet above my refrigerator is the perfect place for my flower arranging supplies.

My absolute favorite feature!  A drawer, installed in the toe kick under my sink cabinet, holds a folding step stool from Polder (polder.com).  I pull it out when needed and when I'm finished, it goes back into the drawer.

6 My absolute favorite feature! A drawer, installed in the toe kick under my sink cabinet, holds a folding step stool from Polder (polder.com). I pull it out when needed and when I'm finished, it goes back into the drawer.

Hope you had an opportunity to see my kitchen renovation in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living and also in my previous blog posts. There are many great ideas that I'm sure will inspire you.  Many times, as is the case with my kitchen, we are not able to show everything in the magazine due to a limited amount of space.  So, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the ideas that were not featured in the article and give you a little behind the scenes peek.

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Comments (6)

  • Really lovely. Too bad they couldn't have featured more in the magazine.

    I was wondering if you re-did the kitchen when you moved in or if the previous owner had installed the handy pantry, the stove fan and the step stool drawer? If not, was it hard to retrofit the existing cabinetry so that you could install these features?

    I too keep my cooking oils and spices above my stove but have been wondering how stable they are above the heat of the stove. I don't want to shorten their lifespan by storing them in that way.

  • These are beautiful ways to decorate the house and keep things organized all at the same time.

  • I love the toe kick under your sink. That is a cool idea. .

  • Hi Kevin, everything looks so neat and organized. Love the November issue with your kitchen renovation, it sure inspired me.
    Thank you Kevin!

  • I enjoyed "Order in the Kitchen" in Marha's Living mag. I am also curious if the drawer with the ladder under the sink cabinet can be installed after everything has already been completed in the kitchen? I have recently had my kitchen remodeled and this is one thing I should have incorporated, but didn't know it existed. Can I still do it? I couldn't locate in the magazine where that ladder can be purchased, can you help me? Thanks

  • Were you able to put all of the "kitchen must-haves" into your kitchen space? My kitchen is small like yours, but I don't think I have the room for all of the "must haves". Please comment. Mahalo; Jane

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