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Where The Magic Happens: Tour of My Kitchen. My Submission to The Kitchn's Small Cool Kitchens 2012

A few weeks ago I submitted photos of my kitchen into The Kitchn's Small Cool Kitchens 2012 contest and it was accepted! Of course that doesn't mean that I won. For that, I need to get a zillion votes. If you like my kitchen, please go and vote for it. I'll you forever!

Since I was only allowed to post six photos on The Kitchn's website, I thought I'd post a bunch more here to give you a full tour of my kitchen: the place where the magic happens in my condo. Le sigh ;) or :(

When I bought my condo in November 2010, one of the selling points was the newly renovated kitchen. I loved the new cabinets, appliances, but the walls were a pretty non-descript white/yellow color. I lived with them for a while and then decided to paint them.

At first I thought of doing a sage green color, but my lovely twin Anna dared me to go bolder. And I did!

After one coat I was terrified at what I've done, but did not want to look back, so I looked forward and did two more coats of paint. The color came out bright and cheerful. I LOVED it! My mom loved it {her opinion matters way too much to me even though I'm in my 30ies}. Some of my friends were skeptical and made jokes about bringing sunglasses when visiting me, but all came around.

The cabinets are FILLED with stuff. I don't know how I managed to do it...maybe because I can't help but purchase dishes for the blog? Luckily, my mom encouraged me to get shelf dividers, which helps out a bit.

I have an insane collection of spices. I mostly blame freelancing for Robyn Webb for it ;)

One of the things I like about my kitchen is that the refrigerator is magnetic, so I use it for measuring spoons, peelers, etc. So convenient and saves space in the cabinets and drawers.

You can see that I'm not scared of color. You get the pops of green, red and blue all over the kitchen. I LOVE my OXO green kettle.

Another favorite thing in my kitchen, well technically slightly outside of my kitchen, is my Le Creuset tower. I bought the tower from my friends Cindy and Farid and love it as a display for my Le Creuset (some of which I've purchased, received as gifts and was sent by the Le Creuset themselves. SQUEAL.}

Below are a few of the details that make my kitchen the space I love:

These are the bowls you'll see me using on this blog. I typically buy one or two of each.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour of my kitchen. Remember, please VOTE :)


ellenbcookery said...

Your kitchen may be small, but you've made it practical. Lovely! I'm linking over to vote!

Stacey Viera said...

Love your kitchen! And the goodies that come out of it! Hope you win!

DebaRooRoo said...

Love it!! You did a great job organizing and getting everything in there!

DeliciousDish said...

I love your kitchen! You did such a great job with it. I don't know if I would be that daring with the color, but it just works. I may have to get your opinions when I pick paint colors for my house (someday hopefully soon). And I think I need the Le Creuset stand. So cute!

The Hungry Housewife said...

Love your kitchen! Im on my way over to vote!

Ann Mah said...

I love that bold green color, and the contrast with the bright green kettle! Heading over to vote now.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Thank you!!!

discojing said...

i love the color! i would have actually painted the little strip that comes around near the LC tower green too! i like the idea of the cabinet dividers, but dan says they look "cheap" -- do you think they're worth it? function/space saving vs aesthetics? do you have a pantry?

Clay said...

I love the green!

Ally said...

Olga I love your kitchen it is bright and happy like you. One question what magnets do you use. As I find some just are not strong enough to hold things. One side of my Fridge is hidden from people outside the kitchen so I use that area for spices and things.

Thannk you

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Thank you!
I actually use magnets I found at Bed Bath & Beyond. They seem to work just fine. Good luck!