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Best of Covet Garden: Clever Kitchens

[Olga's Kitchen from Issue15 . Photography: Donna Griffith]

We here at Covet Garden like spaces that have beauty and brains. We went through our back issues to revist some of our favourite kitchens. There's a mix of streamlined to colourful, but they are all amazing examples of how to fix up a kitchen without spending scads of money by using personal items such as art work, budget-friendly finishes or a new paint job.

[Arounna and John's kitchen from Issue18 . Photography: Ashley Capp]

Kitchens are hard working rooms. We cook in them, we hang out in them and you will always find us in the kitchen at parties. Which explains why impersonal "where-the-hell-do-they-keep-all-their-stuff?" spaces don't really inspire us. Now clever storage solutions, such as Arounna and John's  lockers-turned-bins... that's the kind of idea we can get behind!

[Kurt and Lori's kitchen from Issue9 . Photography: Michael Graydon]

Each of these kitchens have a "why didn't I think of that?" appeal. You'll notice at least three rooms with white laminate cabinets. Yet each is made unique by such details as handmade countertops, colourful backsplashes or plain old interesting use of space.

[Tara and Terry's kitchen from Issue13 . Photography: Kim Jeffery]

The easiest way to makeover a kitchen is with colour. We love the way Tara and Terry were able to reimagine their home's existing cuisine (who wouldn't want to buy the house for that stainless steel sink alone?) with a refreshing coat of green paint? A few upcycled items, like the sliding freezer door, and a kitchen island also give the space a modern update.

I'm going to hang a gallery wall in my kitchen this weekend. What inexpensive update would you most like to try?

Reader Comments (2)

I love it !!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFORLAB

Have to love a kitchen with a stone tepee on the far side of the wall...

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

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