In one corner of my kitchen there is a tiny alcove that leads to the hallway and to the opening to the living room. There's just enough space there for a small closet that would be the pantry, except that the AC/heater vent is right in front of it, which makes it far too warm to safely hold food during the winter - instead I use it to stow appliances and occasional use glassware. There is also a small built in phone nook - an idea I really like, but the location is inconvenient to everything. We kept the land line phone there and grumbled everytime we had to answer the phone there...and a few months ago, we got rid of the land line and went entirely to cell phones, so ever since, the little nook has wound up being nothing more than a place to set small items and collect clutter.
I was puttering in the kitchen this evening and got fed up looking at the little eyesore, so I took a moment to get ridof the accumulated junk... then dusted it... and then had a wonderful aha moment.
There isn't enough room here for a really lavish special occasion altar - but it provides simple space for the basics. I hung my goddess stitchery where the phone would go, and added two candles (goddess and god), along with elemental icons - incense for fire and air, and a dish filled with stones and water for earth and water.
Hard to see but hanging from a corner of the nook is a peacock.
This is also not going to be a place where I can safely leave candles to burn down on their own - after all, this is encased in a wooden shadowbox, but the stove is a mere five feet away, and when such workings are called for, it can easily be moved to the safer stovetop/hearth area anyway.
I really do wish I'd thought of this (a LOT) sooner, but I'm so happy to have managed it now...better late than never!