Kitchen Organization with Panache!


Organization is the best way to make your kitchen a pleasurable and efficient work space.  Whether you are contemplating a new kitchen or re-organizing your existing one, here are some lessons I recently learned from my interior designer/daughter-in-law, Elif.

The planning of this kitchen started over two years ago. During one of our visits to California, Elif and I explored options for their future kitchen re-model.  We spent a number of hours at the local IKEA store playing with their design program to rough out a design. We perused the cabinet styles, finishes, and accessories.  I was particularly interested in the cabinet organization tools.

Elif tweaked and re-tweaked the kitchen design many times over to make the most efficient use of the existing space.  Moving a wall was not an option. Because of the limited footprint most of the appliances had to remain in the same location with one exception.  The sink and dishwasher were moved about two feet to improve function and access for multiple cooks.  Keeping appliances in the original location also saved some expense.

We have just returned from California where the new kitchen has been unveiled! Jake and Elif did not post any pictures of the finished product before our visit so we could see for ourselves. (Thanks guys!)  Arriving at their place the kitchen was my first stop. All I can say is WOW!  The sleek design fits the open loft feel of the contemporary condo.


Beautiful Contemporary Kitchen with Exceptional Organization

The tour of the new kitchen included the nifty options such as LED lighting, touch latch wall cabinet hardware, self closing drawer glides and the amazing organization tools.  Elif’s well planned placement of all the essentials in all the right size compartments is the best I have ever seen.

Here is her mastermind organization!  Everything has a place.


A place for all the little cooking utensils and serving pieces!


Flatware neat and tidy!


Dividing a drawer makes it the perfect spot for plates.

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Tapas plates and cappuccino cups nestled in this drawer!


Drawers can share functions with dividers! Large platters fit nicely with large utensils.


Neat and Tidy Cookbook Corner

Appearance of the kitchen is usually the first and foremost thought when redesigning.  But kitchen organization has really proved its importance after using this efficient space.

Beauty inside and out is the way your newly organized kitchen should be!

What is your favorite kitchen organization tip?


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Note: My talented daughter-in-law, Elif Karacay, is a practicing interior designer with Norman Design Group in Torrence, CA.  Thank you Elif and Jake for sharing your new kitchen and its organization!


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