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Kim Myles: Life, Style and Design

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Interior design maven and host of HGTV's "Myles of Style," Kim Myles, will answer a question submitted from an ESSENCE.com reader every day. Kim believes that interior design should offer a lifestyle that's chic, vibrant and attainable for every homeowner or renter. "My goal is to offer simple solutions that help the average person achieve the look that they want without going into debt. There is absolutely no reason for great design to be overly expensive or exclusive," she declares. Today's topic: Our "One-Butt" Kitchen Dear Kim, My kitchen is tiny, we call it a "one-butt" kitchen because only one butt can fit in it at any given time. This is my home and I wouldn't trade it in for the world but with all the pots and pans and spice racks and knife racks and toasters, it seems real cluttered. What do i do to keep the illusion of space? KIM MYLES: I just laughed out loud imagining the "one butt" scenario--thanks for that! In a small space, verticality is key, so you'll want to unify all of your loose bits by dedicating one wall to the cause. A peg board wall unit has vintage flair, can be painted any fun color, and will allow you to hang everything--pots, pans, knives, spice rack, etc--in one place. They're easy to make (the web makes it easy to find multiple versions of the project), and the look is purposefully eclectic versus cluttered.  Read more:

Need help selecting furniture for your space? Have a disagreement with your spouse on a color to paint your walls? Toddlers making your home look like a storm rolled through it and need help adjusting for their mess? Send your design question to webmaster@essence-online.com. Please keep the questions brief and as detailed as possible. Remember, the more information you offer, the more Kim will be able to help!
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