Q: We have what I think is called a "Pullman kitchen," that is, it's long and narrow with all the cabinets, sink, dishwasher and refrigerator lined up on one wall. We can't afford to remodel, but I would appreciate any ideas you can give me to add some personality to the space. The rest of our house is country French.
A: You need to pull some of the attention away from that strung-out work space and onto the other wall. If there's floor space, bring in a mobile butcher block counter to create the kind of triangular work arrangement that saves steps and the cook. A narrow table, perhaps a drop-leaf, will also do the trick, even fTC though it may be too low, at dining height, for comfortable use standing up.
Designers TuttoBene of Warrenton, Va., faced the same challenge when they did over the show house kitchen in this photograph: All the work and storage space was lined up against one wall. Some of their antidotes might work well in your kitchen: