We love featuring workspaces that overcome the troubles of small, awkward spaces, and that’s just what Martha Stewart Living home editor Anthony Santelli did for stylist Scott Horne. He had been working in a small space adjacent to the kitchen that was more of a paper graveyard than an office. The upgrade didn’t cost much and made use of a few simple accent colours and objects to bring new life to the space.
“Since the area shares upper cabinets with the kitchen, it needed to look like an extension, not an afterthought.” From there, Anthony set about unifying the space with an acrylic desktop to match the kitchen’s glossy IKEA cabinets, a few bursts of yellow, and an exhaustive organising system that’s user-friendly — no matter how exhausted Scott is at the end of the day. Anthony gave the built-in a simple and super affordable face-lift by ironing white melamine edge banding onto the raw facing of the cubbies. Then he had an acrylic top cut to fit the existing base.
This is one example of where a good idea is a far more effective solution than throwing money at the problem.