Besides our bedroom, I think we can say with confidence that the rest of our time spent at home is in the kitchen — wouldn't you agree? So, we think it's important that the kitchen, of all rooms in the house, should feel inviting. And if it's a bit size challenged, you'll need some special tips and tricks to really nail it. Too many cooks in the kitchen? No such thing, says Anita Yokota, interior stylist and designer. Case in point: her California-cool home featuring a bright, airy kitchen dining area that feels at least twice its size. Keep reading to find out how she maximized the space with a little help from Pottery Barn's latest apartment collection, which was designed with small-space living in mind.
Yokota describes her aesthetic as bright and effortless, so her goal with the kitchen was to make the most of the space without it feeling crowded or overcomplicated.
Yokota chose a rectangular wood table for her space, defining it with a textured rug. "I'm obsessed with how PB Apartment managed to bring its signature look into proportionally sized furniture for a small spaces," Yokota tells us. "It looks as if it's custom-built just for the tiny dining area between our family room and kitchen."
For seating, she opted for a bench in the same shade as the table and black chairs for an extra pop. As for the bench, she says it's ideal for accommodating more people, and it's less bulky than pulling chairs in and out.
To finish things off, she topped her table with round rattan place mats, simple white dishes, oversize-check napkins, and some greenery.
Although it feels like we could step right into this space, Yokota tells us that what we can't see is that the furniture is built to last: "When you sit down, you can tell how sturdy it is, yet it's extremely comfortable." She also notes that the chairs have a subtly distressed look without completely moving into cutesy "farmhouse" territory.
Yokota's number one tip for maximizing her eating area was choosing furniture pieces that fit the space as opposed to ones that are slightly undersize. As for the rest of her kitchen? Organize, organize, organize. "Bins and baskets of all sizes act like the pull-out drawers I would ideally have in a newer kitchen," she explains.