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The finished project From boxes and bins to (Credit: Newsday Photo / Alan Raia)

The finished project From boxes and bins to multipurpose storage. Thanks to designer Nicey Berkenfeld of Nicey Berkenfeld Interiors in Melville, Mindy Lindenman's kitchen has ample storage with visible counters. "They have a dining and entertaining area and they have a storage and work area with the pantry, Berkenfeld said.

Creating storage

Mindy Lindenman, 41, her husband and children moved into their new home in Syosset in 2005, but they couldn't seem to get away from the boxes because there was very little storage in the Colonial. Not anymore. Nicey Berkenfeld Interiors in Melville gave this kitchen ample storage. Here's how it was done for $25,075. -- Sylvia King-Cohen

The finished project From boxes and bins to
(Credit: Newsday Photo / Alan Raia)

The finished project From boxes and bins to multipurpose storage. Thanks to designer Nicey Berkenfeld of Nicey Berkenfeld Interiors in Melville, Mindy Lindenman's kitchen has ample storage with visible counters. "They have a dining and entertaining area and they have a storage and work area with the pantry, Berkenfeld said.

Subway tile accent Blue tiles in the backsplash
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Subway tile accent Blue tiles in the backsplash of the new kitchen gives a lively touch to the layout. From Cancos Tile in Westbury, $2,000 installed.

Custom wall hutch This custom-designed piece serves multiple
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Custom wall hutch This custom-designed piece serves multiple functions. It offers storage, plus corkboard for messages on the inside of the doors. The desktop flips down so Lindenman, a director of legal recruitment, can work from her laptop -- and there is a file drawer at the bottom. "The kids can get to their snacks and I can get to everything else, she says. "I hated having everything out where it could be seen. From Cosmopolitan Cabinetry, $5,980.

Cabinet hardware Designer Berkenfeld and homeowner Lindenman agreed
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Cabinet hardware Designer Berkenfeld and homeowner Lindenman agreed the cabinets could use a little dressing up. From Rejuvenation Hardware , $230.

Pendant light fixture Designer Berkenfeld says that at
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Pendant light fixture Designer Berkenfeld says that at least one element should stand out in a redesign. She and homeowner Lindenman chose the dining table light, which is one of the first things you see when you walk in the front door. "It gives real bang for the buck, Berkenfeld says. From Boyd Lighting in Manhattan, $1,920.

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Dining nook details Wood blinds give a dark
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Dining nook details Wood blinds give a dark solid contrast to the fabric covered window cornices, which complement the kitchen colors. Cornice fabrication by Ultissima Designs; fabric by Beacon Hill of Westbury, $836. Wood blinds, Hunter Douglas, $980.

A dining nook, with storage A card table
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A dining nook, with storage A card table has been replaced with a table where the family can sit down for dinner. "You can fit eight comfortably and we've even had 10 at dinner, the homeowner says of the distressed-maple table that also has a lazy Susan. Even more, the custom piece also provides storage under the seat cushions. Table from Fremarc Designs by Kravet Furniture in Bethpage; chairs from Kravet Furniture; and Kravet Fabric in Bethpage; fabrication by Cosmopolitan Cabinetry in Ronkonkoma; upholstery by Ultissima Design Studio in Port Washington Table, $3,689; Three chairs, $2,824 ($738 each, plus $610 for fabric); Custom storage bench, $6,616

In the beginning Because of a shortage of
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In the beginning Because of a shortage of storage space in the Lindenman's Syosset Colonial, the counters were overflowing and her kids hunted through storage bins for their morning cereal. The dining area was a large card table and folding chairs. Not anymore.