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Kitchen Contrasts 1920-2010

1920s breakfast nook compared to 2009 style

Compare and contrast kitchens from the 1920s to those we love nearly a century later

Many times I’ve mentioned the Victorian era kitchen style popular between 1900-1930 and how we keep reinventing it nearly a century later. Still, there’s nothing quite like actual photos of vintage kitchens — like The Kitchen Practical, 1929, above — side-by-side with recently renovated kitchens to put the point across specifically. When I came across an album of 1920s kitchens, it became clear to me how much things had changed – and also how little. The 1920s prototype for the built-in (fitted) kitchens [left] combines cooking, cleaning and storage.… Continue Reading

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All-White Kitchens – Trend Over

white kitchen with green painted inside cabinets for color

White kitchens looked trendy for a decade. Now, they need updates.

The all-white kitchen – cabinets, back splash, counters – set the style for the first decade of the 21st century. It’s the “manor house” look modernized and marketed by English kitchen designer Christopher Peacock  [above], which draws directly from English kitchens of 100 years earlier. Usually described as “classic,” “timeless,” or “elegant,” it crawled from Carrara marble counters and white subway tile, to Calacatta d’oro marble counters and matching back splashes, but not much further in 10 years.

It’s lovely, well defined, neutral and easy to replicate but like anything repeated over and over again, it feels worn out.… Continue Reading

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Practical Magic Kitchen

Kitchen in loft of Practical Magic movie kitchen designers

English-style cabinets, rustic tile and an Aga go to Hollywood

There’s a wonderful kitchen in the 1998 Sandra Bullock-Nicole Kidman film about a family of ladies with some spooky special abilities. A lot of the action takes place on the Aga cooker and around the big table.

While the style of this one was by no means as influential or as popular as the more delicately proportioned white kitchen in 2003’s Jack Nicholson-Diane Keaton comedy  Something’s Gotta Give, it  has a rustic staying power that, right now, is looking equally classic and — I’d like to suggest — a bit more interesting.… Continue Reading

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Aga-Centric Kitchen

blue kitchen with white robinson and cornish cabinets

A British cooker plus pierced wood-door cabinets heaps on the old-school charm

Bright blue walls give a lively punch to this large kitchen in Scotland. While the walls and base of the large island are painted blue, a cream-colored Aga cooker is built into an imposing niche lined with yellow-gold mosaic tile. Counters throughout are polished black granite. The island houses a prep sink and also provides seating on one side.

Throughout the kitchen, cabinets are white with a pierced medallion on the doors — a great detail plus and a practical way to let air to circulate. A tongue-and-groove backsplash is painted white to match the cabinets.… Continue Reading

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Vintage Crumbsweeper Farm Sink

vintage farm sink that extends well past the front of the cabinet

A large old sink is always practical in a country cottage.

In a kitchen off the coast of Scotland, a vintage farm sink is so large front-to-back it extends far enough beyond the front of the cabinets to cast a shadow. Called a “crumbsweeper,” because any debris from the counters can be swept right into it, the entire rim of the sink is covered by the counters which end at the inside edge. This type of installation is called a “negative reveal,” meaning that no part of the sink edge is revealed or showing  — almost. Older sinks are often shallow and more than 24-inches deep. … Continue Reading

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English Victorian Kitchen

English Victorian kitchen by Robinson and Cornish

An Aga cooker set in a tiled niche is typical of the British style we love

When we talk about a Victorian-style English kitchen, we need look no further for a prototype than this one by Robinson and Cornish. Begin with the imposing ivory Aga set into a deep, tiled and lighted niche with both relief tile and decorative panels inset behind the cooker. A mantel hood disguises the venting system and provides a shelf for display. Corbels (underneath the mantel shelf) and brackets on the island show how  furniture details are routinely incorporated into fitted English-style kitchens.

White cabinets have inset, paneled doors  and contrasting dark, round knobs.… Continue Reading

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