Hollie Gyarmati from CARLISLE wide plank floors asks Jennifer Morris to share 3 secrets to maximize space in a small kitchen

3 Secrets to Maximize Space
in a Small Kitchen
Featuring Optimistic Stone from the Urban Collection

It’s a challenge for anyone looking to conquer tight quarters in the busiest room of their home: making a small kitchen look and feel bigger. We went straight to Brooklyn-based designer Jennifer Morris of JMorris Design to see how she mastered this skill in her beautiful redesign of a Brownstone kitchen. Follow these three strategies to make the most of your space:

~ 1 ~
Organize your tall cabinets and appliances in one location.
This makes the other areas feel more open and airy.

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Swap open shelves for cabinets.
Hiding stacks of dishes away behind doors keeps a clean and simple look.

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Raise the upper cabinets and backsplash.
Moving a little higher than the standard 18 inches adds the illusion
of a taller ceiling and creates some extra room to work below.

Jennifer used a wide plank white oak floor by Carlisle to give lots of warmth and character to her clean design. The client was looking for a warm neutral palette and Optimistic Stone from our Urban Collection was the perfect choice. One of our most popular floors, it brought depth, color and personality into the space.

Get the Look

Our Urban Collection is perfect for unique open floorplans and loft living because of it’s interesting grain. Get sample of Jennifer’s pick:

Be Inspired

Jennifer allows our wide planks to add personality in this contemporary interpretation of traditional Brownstone design. See other custom floors here:

“I brought the Optimistic Stone in to give lots of
warmth and character to this clean design.”
Jennifer Jean Morris, Interior Designer

JMorris Design is located in Brooklyn, New York.
See her complete portfolio and learn more about JMorris Design here:

ICFF and Opening Night at A&D Building highlights

Finally recovering from all the design events in May.  Here were my favorite from a couple industry events.

ICFF: milk glass pendants from Original BTC #ICFF2017
Open Night at A& D Building
Open Night at A& D Building
Open Night at A& D Building
Open Night at A& D Building
Open Night at A& D Building
Open Night at A& D Building
A&D Building Opening Night: Fantini rainbow Shower Fixtures
A&D Building Opening Night: Braided Wood Floor
ICFF: Orbe and Drop Patrick Naggar Lights #ICFF2017
ICFF: Colorful oudoor lights #ICFF2017
ICFF: Fermob purple stool #ICFF2017
ICFF: Fermob Outdoor chair classic #ICFF2017
ICFF: petite ercol wood dining chairs #ICFF2017
ICFF: Ferm Living Bulletin Board #ICFF 2017
ICFF: Ferm Living
ICFF: Outdoor Seat #ICFF2017
ICFF: Outdoor Seat #ICFF2017
ICFF: Outdoor Seat #ICFF2017
ICFF: Outdoor Seat #ICFF2017
ICFF: Dream amuneal Kitchen #ICFF2017
ICFF: Inset shower and bathroom niches #ICFF2017

Tea with Brooklyn Home

Jennifer Morris, owner of JMorris Design, sat with Lindsay Owen, Brooklyn Home blogger, licensed realtor, Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Certified Relocation Specialist, and all around lovely and charming tea companion, to talk about how Jennifer found Interior Design, how she got interested in it, her style, her passions, and its rewards.

Tea With: Jennifer Morris

Architectural Digest Home Show 2017 Highlights

Loved the show this year!  LOTS exciting new products, appliances, art and furniture…here are my faves

Samatha Sandbrook’s wilde oscar is bold, bright, and fun.

Mitchell Black’s new removable wallcoverings is the new look you want with out the commitment.


Waterworks’s new Isla collection is plumbing fixtures meeting art and is perfection!



HOME TOUR: Brownstoner features JMorris Design owner’s home. Check out her update to a vintage Park Slope apartment

Brownstoner: The Insider: Surgical Strikes Update Vintage Park Slope Apartment


See the Before, During and After Kitchen upgrade in South Slope

Getting a new kitchen can make a huge difference in how you feel about your home. We spend so much time and do so much work in our kitchens.  Carefully consider how this space can work for and with you and then invest in the design, the cabinetry, appliances, and fixtures.  JMorris turned a space their client was sad about with a dishwasher that scraped the wall it was butted against, dated white appliances, and a floor that always felt dirty, into her dream space.   We maximized the storage with smart planning, located fixtures that worked better for flow,  and selected durable but gorgeous materials.




Before and After: A dated dining nook gets a makeover you have to see.

JMorris can reenvision any space, see how this dining nook transformed.

Before:  Blah vanilla walls, an overscale swagging curtains, and heavy (literally) iron furniture cramps the space and style of this dining area.


AFTER: Wallpaper gives a color and texture that warms up the nook.  Everything gets a lighter touch, from the faux fixed roman shades adds pattern and softness without overwhelming the window.  A white stone table sits on a slim pedestal base.   A Kelly Wearstler light fixture adds the finishing touch.



Anthropologie’s new Anthro furniture collection is making me totally forget they carry clothes

Anthropologie has a new Anthro furniture collection, it’s all about the details and I want it all.  Preshop the collection here.

Tackle Your Teenager’s Bedroom: Keep the drama in the interior design

Teenage years can be tough and ugly..but their rooms don’t have to be.  See how JMorris tackled this tough time giving their occupants a place of their own.

This room was tall and narrow, adding a two-tone break in the walls gave the room a better sense of proportion.   The color is sweet but mature.  Some grown up touches blend with playful patterns.


This small room was by design.  The parents wanted their kids to want to leave their room but we got creative and added a loft to get her a desk.  The pops of color are bold, like this young woman.

A boy and a girl joined rooms and they wanted to express their artistic inclinations.  The window treatment is like graffiti art but with couture roots (it’s Alexander McQueen for Knoll) and the ceiling got a splash of blue with iridescent coat that gives a rich and unexpected sheen.

This room needed a quick transformation, we added wall dots to give the perfect burst.  It was just as fun installing them as it was seeing the finished product.

JMorris Design Featured in Houzz: New This Week: 3 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Feel Bigger

See Article here

1. Focus on Natural Light

Designer: Jennifer Morris of JMorris Design
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 158 square feet (14.6 square meters)

Homeowners’ request: Remove dingy cabinets and dark green granite countertops, and create a bright white, crisp and clean look in a tightly packed Brooklyn brownstone.

Space-saving style: Natural light, an open layout and a light-reflecting cabinet color, which “keeps the focus on what matters — the view out — and lends a spacious feel,” designer Jennifer Morris says.

Other special features: Custom lightly cerused oak cabinets painted a soft gray-white. “The hint of gray color prevents the space from feeling stark or severe, lending a touch of warmth,” Morris says. Calacatta Gold-style quartz countertops. Wide-plank flooring. Handmade porcelain backsplash tiles. Hand-printed fabric on window cornice.

Also on the team: NY Class Construction (contractor); Mason Woodworks (cabinetmaker); Jacob Snavely (photographer)

Refrigerator: Liebherr; range and oven: Profile, GE; range hood: Miele; dishwasher: Bosch; microwave: GE; hardware: Top Knobs; countertops: Caesarstone in Calacatta Nuvo; backsplash tile: Akdo; window cornice: David Michael Interiors, with fabric from Galbraith & Paul; paint by Benjamin Moore: white in matte finish (walls) and Silver Satin (cabinets)