guest post | small kitchens solved

Hello, everyone! I’m so happy to be here at Cityclectic Design today with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog. It’s a fabulous place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for beautiful kitchen lights, colorful wall art and so much more.

Today we’re going to take a tour of small kitchens you’ll love. From traditional to contemporary and eclectic for sure, these diminutive workspaces are at once super-functional and beautiful. Please enjoy!

~ Mari

Small Kitchen

This tiny white corner kitchen is filled with lots of storage and colorful eclectic decorative pieces. A work island is a clever and unexpected addition to this little gem of a kitchen.

Small Kitchen

With a fun coastal vibe, this small white kitchen is both chic and functional. Woven baskets and blue striped rugs reinforce the beach style. Stained wood flooring and counter tops are a great choice for this space.

Small Kitchen

Just what every tiny kitchen needs, this fun design includes a pretty pink SMEG mini-fridge. This iconic appliance gives the space an appealing retro vibe.

Small Kitchen

Doesn’t this little kitchen look like it belongs on the lake? Except, how many cottage kitchens have marble countertops, stainless steel appliances and cool white subway tiled backsplashes? It’s a great lake house look.

Small Kitchen

This sleek white contemporary kitchen was featured in Apartment Therapy’s collection of small kitchen inspirations. A drum shade ceiling fixture and lighted glass-front cabinets add pretty touches to the efficient under cabinet lighting.

Small Kitchen

This tiny corner kitchen feels serene and airy with pale floor, cabinets, countertops, backsplash and paint. The lower cabinet placement of the microwave allows for open shelves around the room—great look.

Small Kitchen

This traditional kitchen is packed floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall with storage space and chef-worthy appliances. The marble floor and backsplash add to the pretty formal look of the space.

Small Kitchen

A perfect little metal and glass pendant light sets the tone for this tiny glam kitchen. Marble countertops and backsplash that goes to the ceiling over the sink makes the room feel larger. Sleek cabinet faces mean no hardware taking up those precious inches of space.

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What do you think of these small spaces? Leave your comments below and come by the blog for more home decor, mini pendant lights, and interior spaces!


news | brooklyn bound for a new beginning

Hello my lovely readers!

I’m so excited to share a big piece of news I’ve been sitting on…

…I’ve taken a new position as an Interior Designer for Kiki Dennis Interiors!  I am so thankful for the opportunity and am thrilled to dive into something new.  My daily work is now on residential projects, a refreshing change from the institutional, corporate and museum work I’ve been doing the last few years.

The office is in Park Slope, Brooklyn – just a block from Prospect Park – and it couldn’t be a prettier neighborhood to get to know.  I’m already in love with an adorable jewelry shop down the street where I acquired this S necklace (so I can carry S’s initial over my heart, of course…aww).  It’s quickly becoming my new staple.

S necklace_cityclecticdesign

I’m ecstatic and honored to be a part of the small (but powerful), talented, and incredibly kind group of designers at KDI.  I’ve just wrapped up my third day, and I already feel at home thanks to these awesome new coworkers.  Here are a few of my favorite shots of their work:




Bare with me as I adjust to my new routine and get back in the swing of blogging.  More soon!




coffee break | design tid bits, etc.

Love this grandpa shirt.

For the traveler – what a neat concept!

Cute little gift ideas.

Meet Pusheen, my new favorite cat.

Knobs for the artist:

color wheel knob_cityclectic design

Super cool TV home floor plans (click the link for more):

carrie bradshaw's apartment floor plan

the big bang theory apartment floor plans

When I graduated from MSU a few years back, this was just a hole in the ground.  I’m excited to check it out when I return for a football game!

broad museum_cityclectic design



nyc | city moments and pretty thoughts

It’s amazing how easy it is to let the daily chaos override my appreciation of living in such an awesome place.  Last night, I took a long walk and strolled by some favorite spots in and around Central Park.  Columbus Circle was my first home before moving to the Upper East Side and I love revisiting it at this time of year.  The massive musical glass stars blinking colors in time to Christmas music at the Time Warner Center never fails to put a smile on my face.  The stillness of the park accompanied by the quiet hush that falls over its wide grassy patches and walking paths after dark reminds me how to take a deep breath of fresh air.  Lincoln Center’s glow in the abundance of creamy stone architecture begs me to twirl by the mirror-like pond and slanted lawn in front of Juilliard.  This place is a dream and I need to soak it in more often.

This song sums up this city in another awesome way.  These are some great lyrics, folks.

And, I thought I’d share a little poem written by a good friend of mine.  Read more of his stuff here.

The Perfect Girl Lives in New York City

The perfect girl lives in New York City
She’s a thousand miles away
But has this immense presence
like I carry her on my shoulders
or walk along next to her
down golden lanes
How much is real
How much is mine
Only the wind can say
Blowing from peak to valley
along rocky shores to calm seas
over plains, farms and mountains
She’s all bright lights and pounding bass
An assault on all senses
Overwhelmed grins take the place
of confident smirks
She’s wide avenues and dark alleys
Glitz and danger, grime and glamour
A tipsy twirl and seductive eyes
She’s more Manhattan
with a bit of Brooklyn for flavor
Screaming down Fifth Avenue
like some cabbie in search of a fare
She bolts downtown like the 4
Usually express
I watch her like the Empire State
towering over me
Majestic princess
Flashing signs and silent side streets
You can see her
even when you’re at home
The skyline is in her eyes
and the world sits in her hand
The perfect girl lives in New York City



All images by me.