ELECTRIC COOKTOPThis miniature Nyc kitchen has a place for everything, says designer Stephanie Stokes. "After design a lot of kitchens for others, I understood just what I desired and what I wanted," she says. An electric cooktop that doubles as countertop and uncomplicated cabinetry help give the illusion of grandeur, a mirrored backsplash.
BLACK CABINETRYIn a Manhattan apartment, the existing kitchen cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore Air in Black. "I needed it to look less boring and more like an intelligent butler's pantry," designer Lilly Bunn says. The Roman shade is in Holland & Sherry's Belfour linen.
ROLLING LADDERAdding additional storage up top is a good idea, if you can reach, that's. Katie Ridder installed a rolling ladder (just like the library!) in this superb kitchen to reach ceiling-height cupboards.
Room for TwoThis small kitchen boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the area with natural light, opening up the space, and so the plan of the once-cluttered kitchen—in which the fridge door hit the dishwasher or range when it opened—was planned around them.