Ed’s note: This begins a new feature here, on kitchen design. We love kitchens! Those of us who’ve built one from scratch know what it’s like to agonize over the perfect drawer pull or stove height or tile color. Are you in the process of designing a cooking space, or have you completed one? Let me know – I’ll feature it here.
To kick off this new occasional feature of Cooking by Design, I found this very cool kitchen while reading other blogs. It’s linked from a blog by Pam Keuber of Lenox, Mass., who writes all about mid-century design at retrorenovation.com.
This is Lori and Ed’s kitchen. The couple moved to North Carolina from Atlanta, and refitted the ’50s house with original kitchen appliances and cabinets. They bought a lot of the items from eBay sellers – the original owners, in some cases.
A blend of all the ’50 colors – poodle-skirt pink, aqua, and buttercup yellow is blended in the appliances and metal cabinets. A chrome, Formica-topped table and leatherette chairs complete the eat-in kitchen. The countertops are the original Formica Boomerang pattern in aqua and yellow.
The flooring is called Forbo Marmoleum – an organic, modern version of linoleum, supposedly easier to care for than the original stuff common in the ’50s.
I laugh at the grouping of Sunbeam mixers – portable and stand models – standing at the ready on the counter. (I have a collection of the portable ones, thanks to my friend Scott Simmons, antique and thrift shop maven, who’s helped me find one in every color Sunbeam produced. I have a cute plan for them.)
Stainless percolators, Lu-Ray dishes in pretty pastels, and the Ecko kitchen tools above the stove. She’s got it all down.
A complete household workstation – the pink GE Liberator! What a timesaving idea for the ’50s housewife – she never had to leave the kitchen!
Laundry, dishes, meals – all in one compact workstation. I saw one, sans washer, in aqua in a Fort Lauderdale home. It was in a ’50s house, now in a neighborhood sadly run down.
Lori says she uses the aqua stove in this kitchen every day, and the yellow Frigidaire is also fully functional. She and her husband are currently working to restore the Liberator.
Bravo, Lori and Ed!