Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina






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Our cabinet-less kitchen

We knew we would need to get creative with our storage when we saw there were no cabinets in our new kitchen -- whoops, I'm sorry, there is one underneath the sink and a shallow glass cabinet above the stove. My china cabinet and pyrex shelf (you'll see below) have been moved to the hall which makes for a nice showcase of dishes, but for the most part we've downsized to the essentials and haven't looked back.


Though I have a love/hate relationship with Ikea -- I would like to thank them for their kitchen storage solutions. Who knows where we would be without those shelves (above).


Above is the massive glass "medicine" cabinet I was talking about -- not quite deep enough for plates but showcases our glass collection quite nicely :)


Our last kitchen felt like a dungeon so the extra windows are a breath of fresh air. You can also see a peak of our Flor tiles in the above photo....love, love, love those carpet tiles.

pyrex shelf

Out in the hallway -- our pyrex collection. To see more pictures just head over to my flickr website.

Reader Comments (33)

wow, no cabinets? good news though as it looks like you've done one hell of a job overcoming that particular obstacle. and that sunshine? i'm highly jealous of. :-)

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercassandra

I really love what you've done! And so fast too. Were the shelves hard to hang... were you nervous about the weight?

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJILL

I love it, but if it were my kitchen i would have such a problem keeping it clean! my cupboards are my mess hiders!


Very cute, with clean lines. Totally reminds me of your fashion sense. :-)

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereyeliah

Having no cabinets is rarely, but you took it with style and grace. It may seem inconvenient at first, but it gives you a chance to customize the kitchen in many ways. :)

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Everman

Your kitchen is excellent! You did a fantastic job with finding and creating space! I too love the light streaming in! Nice Job!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Looks great Whitney!!! I love the b&w, cool colors, and stainless! The windows look like such a blessing for a small space :-)

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Jeffries

That is so impressive- I really appreciate the pops of color that appear (like the green skillets and turquoise containers). I recently discovered your blog and I'm finding it an endless source of entertainment. Thanks!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaddie

It looks great! So clean and fresh. :)

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Looks wonderful. The only thing missing in the Pyrex showcase is one of those homemade/amazingly delicious buttercream-iced cakes of yours!

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I think your kitchen looks marvelous. So happy and bright! I would love to cook there.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna

love your clean beautiful kitchen ....makes me want to get rid of all the extras we don't use or need
.....and i totally love your 3/4 outfit :)

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermichelle@bluemoss

I love the organization of it all. So lovely.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

Oh, it's a delightful little kitchen and you've fixed it up so nicely!
Congrats on your new home :)

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentere

I love the little splashes of color... can I ask where you got those great aqua canisters that are sitting in front of your windows?

I just stumbled on your site... LOVE... everything!! Great job.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeautiful Living

Wow! You guys have gotten so much done already! Looks great :)

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

love the pictures of your new home. very well done!

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranne

The blue canisters are from the Martha Stewart collection at Macy's -- we registered for them for our wedding last fall so I'm not sure if they still have them. But we love them :)

March 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterWhitney Deal

I love the decor - the perfect blend of kitch and sparseness! You should moonlight in interiors!

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Harris

I love all that Pyrex! So bright and friendly. And I have to compliment you on how tidy everything is. I do daily battle with my kitchen, and it's still never quite as clean as I'd like.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkitchendoor

the thought of no cabinets sounds positively terrifying, but this looks GORGEOUS. i love how your colorful cookware ends up doubling as decorations. Almost BETTER than cabinets in my opinion :)

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe sassy kathy

your kitchen is fabulous!
i'm adoring your pyrex collection & cheery splashes of color.
will be doing some pyrex searching at my local thrift/antique shop now.
thanks for the decorating ideas!

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersummer

I am thoroughly impressed with how you've used your space! I think the cabinets that you created were great and everything looks so organized!

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

You did a fantastic job with the kitchen! Looks so bright and airy and I love the pops of color with the pyrex.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

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