A close-by but out of the way kitchen message center doubles as a pet food station, with a small built-in spot for two bowls beneath a chalkboard and drawer for notepads and pens. Plastic containers of food store conveniently just under the bowls.
Upper cabinets painted one color, lower cabinets painted a darker, different color. Another trend that I am loving is gray cabinets, of course. As you know I predicted gray being a red hot decorating color over a year ago.