A look inside most people’s kitchens will reveal stacks of teetering dishes, pots and pans stashed wherever they’ll fit, and drawers overflowing with gadgets that never get used. If it sounds like an all-too-familiar scenario, you may be in need of a kitchen intervention! But before the organizing can begin, it’s time to take inventory and make sure your space is stocked with only the most functional, well-designed pieces that you’ll turn to for busy weekday breakfasts, Saturday night parties, and everything in between. Target’s new brand Made By Design has everything you need to clear the clutter and simplify so you can actually enjoy your next big project: getting dinner on the table. Scroll on to see our top design rules, and how we transformed our kitchen at the bungalow to make it the hardest working space in the house.
photos by Kristen Kilpatrick
I got a sneak peek at the Made By Design assortment when I flew to New York last month for the editor preview, and when I laid eyes on the beautifully-designed essentials throughout the collection, it was love at first sight. When it comes to areas of my house that need to be super high functioning (i.e. closets, bathrooms, and kitchen), I need them to be efficient and organized, but I also want them to be beautiful. Here are the design rules I live by to make it happen.
TIP #1: STACK YOUR DISHES
Especially if space is an issue, stackable dishes will be your secret sidekick to keeping your kitchen organized and beautiful (looking at you, open shelving lovers.)
These gorgeous plates are made of chip-resistant tempered glass, which means I can use them every day – and my kids can too! Plus, they start at $3 a plate. Enough said.
Our open shelving has never looked better. Combining Made by Design’s clean pieces with a few inspiring decorative elements was an easy way to keep thing minimal, but still interesting.
TIP #2: DECANT EVERYTHING
Give the pantry a polished look by storing your dry goods in transparent canisters. It’s an affordable way to transform your kitchen, and you can find the snacks or ingredients you need with one glance.
TIP #3: STREAMLINE YOUR PALETTE
Staying within a limited color palette gives your dishes and cookware that streamlined look you’ll find in the best professional kitchens. These stainless steel cooking tools and flatware are sleek, stylish – and affordable enough to fit into any budget.
TIP #4 – CORRAL APPLIANCES OFF THE COUNTER
What to do with those bulky appliances that take up too much space on the counter? Put them on a cart that can easily be wheeled in and out of the kitchen when not in use. It keeps your countertops clean and cord-free, even when you’re working with limited space.
This Stock Pot with a Steamer Insert from Made by Design makes it easier than ever to cook pasta to perfection.
TIP #5 – MIX YOUR MATERIALS
I’m jazzing up my minimalist color palette by using different materials like wood and stone. A little texture warms up the entire space, but everything still looks clean and coordinated.
A simplified space means less time searching through drawers, and more time having fun in the kitchen.