Contemporary Kitchens, Vintage Charm

Get ideas from these vintage inspired kitchens

Inspiration, Kitchens

I am posting pictures of some of my favorite kitchens. These kitchens are full of great ideas and so inspiring! Any of them would be appropriate for an older home.

The contrast between all that white marble and the black stove is beautiful.

My mother loves this kitchen! I like the open shelving and the little drawers going all the way to the ceiling.

Another example of open shelving. I like how this kitchen utilizes the space in front of the window, which is usually unused, as well as above the window and door. This is a smart storage solution for a small kitchen.

Another beautiful cream, white, and marble kitchen with black accents.

Wide plank floors, vintage light fixture, modern stove, dark black cabinets and wood countertops. Very warm, very inviting.

Another of my Mom’s favorites. Double sink, how luxurious.

I love these cupboards!

Comments { 3 } July 5, 2010

Danish Kitchen Furniture

Hansen Living's unfitted kitchens

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During our 6 year journey trying to figure out what in the world to do with our kitchen, we stumbled across Hansen Living’s freestanding kitchen cabinets and storage solutions. It was something we both (gasp) liked. The cabinets were designed by Danish architect Knud Knapper after studying the way professional chefs use a kitchen.


The clean lines, solid wood construction, craftsmanship and attention to detail are right at home with Arts & Crafts philosophy. My taste in kitchens leans a little more modern than what is typically found in a bungalow. These cabinets are a good compromise.


I met with Susan Serra, kitchen designer and the US rep for Hansen Living, last summer in New York City. We hit it off immediately. She offered suggestions and I loved all of them.


The cabinets are even more beautiful in person and so finely crafted that they resemble a piece of furniture. I left the meeting with Susan Serra super excited and ready to start planning our new kitchen in the fall.


Then the economy turned and we decided to wait. David was laid off from his job. Our kitchen fund is now our pay the mortgage and buy groceries fund.


But, I am still so in love with Hansen Living. This white kitchen in a historic Copenhagen apartment is what started it all. As soon as I saw these pictures I was smitten.


The pieces are freestanding, so theoretically, you can pack your kitchen up and take it with you when you move.


I hope we will be able to remodel our kitchen sooner rather than later. In the mean time, I will continue to dream…


Comments { 15 } February 27, 2009

White Kitchens

Beautiful, clean and white

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I have spent an enjoyable morning drooling over the work of New York City architectural firm Peter Pennoyer Architects. I love his kitchens and found so many inspiring ideas.


I have always dreamed of a rolling library ladder in my kitchen. Although, considering our kitchen’s small size, that might not be practical.


I like the tile floor in the kitchen below. It has a fun 1920’s feel.


Hopefully, I’ll soon have the kitchen of my dreams. In the mean time, I’ll enjoy the kitchens of someone else’s dreams.


Comments { 5 } February 13, 2009

Kitchens, Kitchens, Kitchens

More kitchen photos from my decorating files

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I have pulled these photos from multiple sources over the past 6 years while dreaming of remodeling our bungalow kitchen. If these photos have a theme, I would say it is the natural wood tones of the cabinets.


A small kitchen in a Gothic church that has been converted into a home. Look at those windows!


Above is the kitchen of a famous restauranteur (his name escapes me). I adore the black and white tile floor and the cast iron, peg leg sink.


Different view of the restauranteur’s kitchen. The wood farmhouse table is used as a workspace as well as a seating area. A plate rack covers the walls on each side of the cast iron sink.


I like the tile floor and all the counter space in this kitchen. It has a vintage feel yet appears very functional with adequate storage and work space.


The above kitchen features subway tile walls, open shelving, wall mounted plate rack and a center work island.

Comments { 1 } January 30, 2009

Bungalow Kitchen Cupboards

1911 Kitchen

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I photographed the kitchen cupboards of a 1911 bungalow a few years back and saved them for the day when we remodel our kitchen.


What I like is the vast expanse of storage. It was difficult to photograph because the cupboards filled the whole wall.


This cupboard was built into the corner.


Bottom cupboards. The middle cupboard had a hinged bottom and was a flour bin.

See more bungalow kitchens!

Comments { 11 } January 29, 2009

I’ll Take a Kitchen Like Martha’s

Martha Stewart’s amazing kitchens

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Martha, Martha, Martha. I LOVE this kitchen! The grayish taupe walls, the expanses of white marble and the beautiful cabinetry…I am drooling. Ms. Stewart recently posted new pictures of this kitchen on her blog.


Look at this display case. Glass on 3 sides gives it an open, airy feeling. I also like all the little touches of metal throughout the room; from the clock, to the warming drawers and the little metal knobs on the cupboards.


One benefit of owning several homes is being able to design completely different kitchens.


This kitchen features natural wood tones, open shelving and white subway tiles.


I really like the look of dishes stacked on open shelving. Although, I wonder how practical that is day to day with dust and animal fur? It might not be the best choice for earthquake prone Los Angeles.


I love all the storage and drawers in this kitchen.


I like the sinks with gooseneck faucets.


Comments { 3 } January 28, 2009

Unfitted Kitchens, the Next European Invasion

Fall in love with English kitchens

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I love the look and beautiful simplicity of these unfitted kitchens designed by British companies deVOL Kitchens and Plain English.


I have been drooling over these kitchens for the past 6 years, just waiting for the day when we remodel our kitchen.


Unfitted kitchens feature freestanding cabinetry. The cabinets are constructed of hardwoods and high quality materials. The quality of the construction often resembles a piece of furniture.


I love to imagine cooking in a kitchen like this. Well, in my fantasies, I love to imagine watching my husband, David, cooking in a kitchen like this while I sip a glass of wine and flip through the latest issue of “Food & Wine” magazine.


David is the chef in our relationship. I wish we had a kitchen that was worthy of his budding culinary abilities. He watches the Food Network the way some men watch ESPN.


Shelves instead of wall cabinets give the kitchen an open, airy feeling.


The freestanding hutch is a simple and elegant storage solution.


All the little drawers are reminiscent of Shaker furniture.


I am a big fan of painted cabinets.


Comments { 4 } January 26, 2009

Kitchen Ads (1920s)

I love those old cast iron farmhouse sinks

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Comments { 14 } May 22, 2005

Calling All Kitchen Designers!

Desperately seeking a kitchen plan

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The problem is that this is our current kitchen…and this is what we want.


Comments { 9 } January 10, 2005

Kitchen Archaeology

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My Mom sent me “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Interiors, Cabinets, Moldings, & Built-ins For Every Room In The Home” for an early birthday present. A section titled “Kitchen Nook” caught my eye. I have often wondered why our house didn’t have a kitchen nook or as I have more commonly heard it referred to, a breakfast nook?


Many bungalows in our neighborhood have breakfast nooks and I’ve always been a little jealous that we don’t have one.

If space allows, every house should have a nook-a delightful little space off the kitchen for breakfast or lunch, a place for kids to do homework while dinner is being prepared, the ideal spot for coffee and conversation.

The accompanying illustration originally printed in Gustav Stickley’s The Craftsman magazine really got my attention. The placement of the nook was in the exact spot where one our of our built-in cupboards resides. The illustration shows a very humble opening in a wall with simple molding around the opening, nothing eleborate – almost like box with a window added onto the side of a kitchen.


Why is this in any way significant? On the other side of the wall is a small half-bath that is exactly the same width as the cupboard. We know this room is original to the house but couldn’t figure out it’s original purpose? It never made sense to me why there was a small room off the back of the house that could only be accessed from the outside, off of an open back porch.

It makes more sense that this room (currently our downstairs half-bath) wasn’t open to the outside but was really a nook off the kitchen. There is room enough for 2 built-in benches with a table between them. The existing window would have been perfectly centered on the wall over table.


It is possible that the nook was removed to add a bathroom downstairs and a built-in cupboard was placed in the opening to add more storage in the kitchen. If this happened, it would have been a change made fairly early on because the cupboard is very well crafted out of Douglas fir, although it’s in rather poor condition now.

Changes that were made after the original owners sold the house were not well crafted and usually haphazardly pulled together out of available materials. Although, it would not have been out of character for the original family to have made changes to the house. We have on record that they added an upstairs sleeping porch in 1916 and built a garage in 1918.


What is interesting is that the molding around the cupboard is different from the other built-in cupboard in the kitchen. This molding matches the molding around the doors. To me that suggests that the this could have been an opening (because the molding matches the doorways) for a nook.


While the molding on the other built-in is flat and matches the molding around the windows.


It seems odd that the moldings on the two built-in cupboards are different. In person, the built-in cupboards are similar but not exactly the same. This leads people to ask if the built-ins are both original or to question if one was added later? The truth is we don’t really know. Up until now I had thought they were both original.

One reason why I’m not completely sold on the idea that the built-in cupboard and bathroom behind it were originally a nook is because of a baseboard molding running along the back wall inside of the cupboard. The other built-in cupboard also has this baseboard molding. If the built-in was added later why would they bother to put in a baseboard?

This also leads me to wonder if perhaps both built-in cupboards were added later? Why would either of them have baseboard molding? Was that common?


It is challenging, but fun, to try to figure these things out so many years after the fact.

More photos of breakfast nooks



Comments { 13 } December 13, 2004