A Space-Saving, Navy Kitchen in the South End
The elegant navy blue palette and rich woods in this compact kitchen create a playful, yet functional, space.
At 755 square feet, Margaret Kelsey and Ben Tatkow’s new South End condo had nary an inch to spare. And the kitchen, comprising a stubby peninsula and an uninspired collection of tiny brown cabinets shoved into a corner, was no exception. “There needed to be drastic changes,” Kelsey says.
So the couple hired KitchenVisions founder Jodi Swartz, who helped the young professionals reimagine their cramped space. For finishes, the designer took cues from images Kelsey had been collecting for the past decade, curating a classic blue palette inspired by Kelsey’s childhood home. Swartz also planned to use rich woods informed by existing floorboards, as well as brass and bronze accents. “I wanted it to feel youthful and inviting,” she says.
With those goals in place, the designer reworked the layout into a 158-square-foot, L-shaped configuration—ditching the peninsula for an island and extending the cabinetry both vertically and horizontally. Base cabinets—painted with Sherwin-Williams’s “Naval”—now ground two rows of crisp-white uppers, which stretch to the 11-foot ceiling. “Our camping gear is stowed away up there,” Kelsey says of the top compartments. A skinny stack of cubbies for wine and books, meanwhile, captures the narrow strip of dead space between the refrigerator and window. On the other side of the kitchen, a trio of distressed-wood shelves spans the area above the apron-front sink, which sits next to a new hiding spot for a stacked washer and dryer. “I love working with small spaces,” Swartz says. “It’s satisfying to give people so much function.”
Appliances Bosch range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and washer/dryer, and beverage refrigerator and hood, all Yale Appliance + Lighting.
Backsplash Tonalite “Silk” porcelain, Tiles Plus More.
Countertops Viatera “Minuet” quartz, Onyx, Marble & Granite.
Cabinetry Ovation Cabinetry
Contractor One Source Construction
Interior Designer KitchenVisions