Antique to Modern Kitchen Shelves

green open antique-style shelves in a renovated kitchen Know how it is when you’re clearing out piles of old magazines and suddenly something looks so familiar it stops you cold?

That’s what happened when I spotted the charming, jade-green shelving unit over the sink of Laura Robinson’s “back kitchen” a wall housing a sink, dishwasher, dish cabinets, refrigerator drawers, and trash bin located on one side of the huge kitchen-great room-breakfast room space in the interior designer’s home.

The Robinson shelf was clearly a cousin of the black-painted $14,000 English architectural display cabinet, dated ca. 1780, included as one of the pieces I’d photographed at the Winter Antiques show.

black-painted 18th century open display shelfEither 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.

I still have the photos of the Swedish houses that provided the color scheme for my house and especially my multi-color kitchen backsplash and I wonder – does everyone save the pictures that inspired their house dreams?

See Laura Robinson’s kitchen island with a fabric skirt.

(Source: BHG)

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