I lived in a small studio for two years. While I was comfortable with my bedroom/living space and my walk-in closet seemed expansive, my narrow galley kitchen posed the biggest problem. No matter how clutter free my countertops were, there was never enough space to chop veggies and mix cookie dough. I did have plenty of vertical storage, but it was difficult to reach.
If only I'd had the Stove Chop ($49), my cooking routine might have been more manageable and less of a mess! The walnut stovetop cutting board made by San Francisco-based studio Jeremiah Collection fits right over your range, maximizing counter space and keeping cooking ingredients close at hand. The walnut goes through two rounds of grain-raising process, so that the wood has minimal reaction to water, and it's finished with food-safe butcher block oil. Better yet, it's just pretty!