Antique to Modern Kitchen Shelves

kitchen shelves - green open antique-style shelves in a renovated kitchen - BH&G via AtticmagWhile clearing out a pile of old magazines, I suddenly spotted some familiar kitchen shelves.

Leafing through some magazine pages I had clipped, I spotted a set of charming, jade-green kitchen shelves. This unit is really special and it happens to sit over the sink in interior designer Laura Robinson’s “back kitchen,” on one side of the huge kitchen-great room-breakfast room space in her home. In the secondary kitchen [top] there’s a sink, dishwasher, dish cabinets, refrigerator drawers, and trash bin but the focal point is the shelf used to display a collection of dishes and decanters.

The Robinson shelf was clearly a cousin of the black-painted $14,000 English architectural display cabinet, dated ca. 1780, I had seen and photographed at the Winter Antiques show.

kitchen shelves - black-painted 18th century English open display shelf at the Winter Antiques Show - AtticmagEither Mrs. Robinson, or her kitchen designer Mary Kathryn Calonje, were familiar enough with English cabinetry (though perhaps not this specific example) to use it as a source. This kind of coincidence shows the value of saving photos that help in the planning and conceptualization of any room, but especially a kitchen that is open to other rooms and needs to have its own unique character.

I still have the photos of the Swedish manor houses that provided the color scheme for my own house and especially my multi-color kitchen backsplash. Doesn’t everyone save pictures that inspired their house dreams?

For more on Laura Robinson’s kitchen see Kitchen Cabinets with Skirts.

(Source: BHG)

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