I have been asking for, and getting some advice from the readers of apartment therapy. They have a feature called "Good Questions", only they are really quite generous, and your question doesn't have to be good, actually.
If you are brave enough to show them your design ideas you can get design advice, some of which, from pseudononymous (not, actually a word, I know- there must be a real one that means the same) comment leavers can occasionally be a little on the cutting side. Usually, though, the comments are kind and often, they are useful. I have mostly contented myself with simple, practical questions, but now I am wishing I'd asked for the design sorts of ideas, too.
While engaged in packing, avoiding packing, and fussing about when the painters are going to start already, I have been whiling away some mental time thinking about stop-gap measures for the kitchen. I can't afford to do much of anything about it now, but I'd been thinking that I might paint the icky pretend-wood laminate cabinets white.
I was unsure, though, about whether the paint would stick properly, and/or be wipeable applied to that surface. I got some good ideas on this, with concrete suggestions. But I was especially interested in a comment that suggested that I put some nice stainless hardware on the cabinets, and paint the walls a less contrasting color, instead of painting the cabinets. I'm kind of wishing I'd just asked what to do to to my kitchen in a more general way, to solicit more possibilities that haven't occurred to me..
Any thoughts on this? I actually quite like the semi-emptiness of the space, and am planning on getting a stainless restaurant table/cart, counter-height, and putting it next to the new stove ,when it arrives, on the wall by the fire-escape door, across from the sink. It will be 24"X48"- which is actually quite a lot of extra counter space. The pantry is nearly as big as the kitchen...so there will be serious storage room in there.
Probably my favorite thing about the kitchen is the window arrangement around the door, so I'd like to show it off or, at the very least, not do anything to block the windows and sunshine.