House Beautiful is a great resource for inspirational ideas. This article of theirs features 10 ideas for small space design 9 of them are really good. But 1 is really not that great.
I do not agree about open shelves in small kitchens. Unless you live your life curating everything you own for museum quality, right down to the food stuff you buy, open shelves in a small kitchen end up looking like hell. In a larger kitchen, where storage is plentiful, some open shelves will open up the kitchen visually. In a small kitchen open shelves just look cluttered.by