Real life is scarier than any story. Just ask Naomi! She was trapped in her kitchen and couldn’t get out!
Naomi wasn’t literally trapped. It was more of a feeling she had when she was in her kitchen.
The problem wasn’t the kitchen design – although that needed work too. The problem was the home design and how the kitchen fit into it. Or rather: it didn’t!
A Scary Story With a Happy Ending
Naomi loved to cook and bake for her family. If only she didn’t have to go into her kitchen to do it!
This story has a happy ending though, thanks to the beautiful look of IKEA. Naomi hired IKD to help her reimagine her kitchen in IKEA to create a space where she enjoyed being. Then she and her family lived happily ever after.
But wait, you want to hear the middle part, don’t you?
Just How Bad Was Naomi’s Kitchen?
Here’s a stitched together overview of Naomi’s kitchen before she talked to Inspired Kitchen Design:
The entrance to the kitchen is on the left in the first picture. Turn 90 degrees and you’ll see how the workspace ends at the entrance to an unused dining room. Turn 90 degrees again and you’ll see how the wall opposite the oven has the refrigerator. The strange cut-out window created a zoo-like effect in the kitchen. Naomi could see into the living room and her family could see into the kitchen, but the only way to get to each other was through the one entrance way that didn’t connect to the living room.
No wonder Naomi felt trapped! This project would take a little more than a redesign. Her home needed a renovation.
Here’s How IKD Rescued Naomi from the Kitchen Trap
Imagine how relieved she felt when this happened::
Eliminating the wall and the unused room were the first steps to reconnect the kitchen to the rest of the house, and Naomi to the rest of her family.
And imagine how happy she was with this finished result! These photos represent the same 90 degree turns as before.
The wall and the unused room weren’t the only things that needed to go. The honey-colored cabinets were “so 90s” on their own, but even worse, the combination of wood-finished cabinets with hardwood floors made for too monochromatic a look.
See the fruit bowl? The cabinet underneath was the sole storage space for food. Lack of storage was a major issue for an avid chef and baker like Naomi.
Let’s see how the re-engineered space became the kitchen of Naomi’s dreams.
Designing an Integrated IKEA Kitchen
The liberal use of white with dashes of smoky grey opens up the space. The quartz countertop, DÅTID exhaust hood, AKURUM cabinets with LIDINGÖ doors and drawer fronts in high-gloss white, and TAG handles are all from IKEA.
The hood itself has storage built into it. Take a look at this link. And see where Naomi put crown moulding around the hood where it meets the ceiling? It’s the same crown moulding you’ll notice throughout the new kitchen, and placing it here makes the kitchen look even more custom.
Turns out the hole left by the entry door was a great space for a custom pantry. The AKURUM pull-out pantry to the left of the more common closet pantry allows you to see the items within from both sides.
Notice too the drawers that form a 90 degree angle with the pantry. See the “blank” white panel? That’s a PERFEKT cover panel, cut and inserted to create enough of a space to prevent the drawers from interfering with opening the doors of the pantry.
The refrigerator has been moved to the open space of the unused room.
And here’s where you can really how the kitchen has been connected to the rest of the house. The kitchen opens up into what is now the dining room. More counterspace here not only gives Naomi a place for food prep. Seating on the other side of the counter creates an informal breakfast bar and a place where she can feel connected to her family while she works in the kitchen.
Additional storage here certainly helps too.
Living Happily Ever After in Naomi’s Kitchen
You don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what Naomi had to say:
Here’s the price tag for Naomi’s new kitchen:
Did you feel trapped in your old kitchen? How did a little home renovation help you escape?