Our Japanese kitchen has taken some getting used to. Not only does it not have a full size oven (just a small range and little fish cooker), but it was seriously lacking in storage space. A few metal shelving units were left for us from our predecessors, so one of them became our pantry for non-perishable foods and snacks. It did the job, but I hated that our food was out there for all to see.
My mom sent me some tea towels made by one of my favorite Swedish designers, and I was at a loss about what to do with them. And then it came to me: Curtains for the pantry!
Fortunately, they were the perfect size for our shelves. This was so easy to do, I'm ashamed to even call it a DIY, since all I did was attach safety pins to the towels and then attach the safety pins to those rings you buy at office supply stores. Et voila - a cute little pantry.
It's the little things, right?