- Be realistic. Open shelving looks great—if there's plenty of under-counter storage for unsightly pots and pans. With her limited space, Amy opted for a combination of covered and see-through cabinets. Having everything on display, she says, "is too much pressure for me."
- Strike a compromise. Amy chose a large farmhouse sink and a big faucet because she believes even small kitchens deserve elements that are substantial. She made up the difference by opting for a compact, 18-inch dishwasher.