Leave it to Martha.
Call her what you will: contemptuous tv personality, Snoop Dogg (or is it Lion?) counterpart, the comeback kid of cell block E–the queen of all-things-domestic sits solidly atop her throne, still, if you ask me.
And it isn’t due to her efforts to stay relevant by partnering with a rapper who is every bit as untucked as she is pristinely polished, nor the fact that she did manage to put all that insider trading business behind her, nor is it down to the empire she’s built, or the longevity of her career. It’s just the drawer she designed to store her serving platters that did it.
I know you’re wondering: is that all it takes to win your heart, Annie? Evidently so, at least as it concerns kitchen storage, anyways. Only, serving platters are such a headache when solving the puzzle of kitchen storage. Clients inevitably have a slew of them, all essential. They never seem to be great candidates for vertical tray racks, if such thing exists in a kitchen, as their edges are round or oval or some weird, wavy pattern, and so standing them on their side feels precarious at best. They do well in a drawer, only they don’t require a deep drawer, and shallow drawers, always located at the top of the cabinets, are prime real estate for silverware and such. But then, giving over a whole, deep drawer to a short stack of serving platters is a storage-shame. It’s all quite interconnected and very complex, you see.
And then in rolls Martha Stewart with her guest house kitchen renovation, which contains the most effortlessly obvious and winningest storage solution for serving platters: the toe kick drawer.
Meanwhile, The Depot of Home seconds the assertion, showcasing how well muffin tins fair in a toe kick drawer.
And Design Storms fills one with baking sheets.
Lay Baby Lay uses her toe kick drawer as a way to keep some arts and crafts supplies handy.
In conclusion: Martha Stewart–ruling monarch of domesticity, toe kick drawers–kitchen ingenuity, my heart–winnable.
P.S. I know, I know: the toe kick has previously been allocated as the ideal spot for a vacuum. Well, here in fantasy blog-land, I’m decreeing it can be both.