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Smart design enhances a smaller kitchen on the Plaza

How can you downsize, yet have more room in a smaller kitchen? “By being smart about design choices and customized storage,” says Geri Higgins of Portfolio Kitchen & Home. She recently worked with Ellen and Jim Glynn.

“The key is having everything integrated,” says Higgins, “so your eye just travels over a continuous line.” The Sub-Zero refrigerator is paneled to look like cabinetry and a small appliance dock is hidden behind pocket doors. “Lighting is also important. The two side cabinets that are lit draw your eye upwards.”

“We wanted to go lighter with a more open feel,” says Ellen Glynn. “We consulted a contractor who knows our Plaza-area condo building inside and out. He is the one who suggested we talk to Geri.”

Higgins pointed the way to creamy cabinetry and hand-glazed subway tile. She also suggested the marble look, but easier maintenance, of the Polarstone countertop.

“My husband also loves the built-in icemaker and the beverage cooler,” adds Glynn. “I love all the storage, the deep drawers that hold my casserole dishes, so my kitchen is very organized.”

Higgins suggested replacing the fireplace they didn’t use with the cooktop and custom range hood. It’s now the focal point of the kitchen. But people also notice a pair of vintage prints from Jim’s grandmother, now framed in black.

“For a relatively compact kitchen, we were able to include a lot of bells and whistles,” says Glynn.