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How Many Thanksgivings This Kitchen Has Seen!

Before & After Vintage Style

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Wednesday “Wow”!

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Some houses just feel like holiday homes all year round!  Join us today and we share a few before and after shots of this amazing vintage home.  After all, isn’t Thanksgiving when we all adore our hard working kitchens?!

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Tips For A Well Planned Holiday Dinner

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Before we get started looking at this fantastic vintage kitchen, we’d like to share 10 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving, by a fellow blogger Kate.  This gal knows about cooking!

A Vintage Kitchen Ready For Another Holiday

As we share today’s before and after photos of this kitchen, you will notice that the changes are very subtle.  When we have the opportunity to work with such treasured properties, we take our time looking at the scope of work from several approaches.  First, we look at the assets that create years of memories for the current owners.  Next, we make suggestions that will allow this house to fit the current needs of a new family while preserving the architectural integrity.

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Suggested Interior Design

This kitchen area is comprised of three sections.  A bright eating nook and a wet butlers pantry are bookends to the kitchen proper.  Tall ceilings, loads of natural light, brick walls and wood floors are all architectural delights.  To the surprise of the real estate agent, we suggested working with the wallpaper!

In the design boards below, you can quickly see what we suggested to update this kitchen.  Appliances, tile and lighting that goes back to the era yet is very appealing in today’s buyers market.

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What a welcoming space!

Tile and Appliances

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Under the cabinets, wallpaper is replaced with a wavy vintage like subway tile.  A crisp fresh look to the existing butcher block counters.  Yes, those are the same kind of simple brass cabinet knobs no one thought they were allowed to keep (thanks to HGTV for 10 years of convincing).  Look again, brass is back because it is still perfect in the right decor!

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Moving on, how could we ever change up this warm brick range wall?  We didn’t touch the brick.  Again, new splash tile with a vintage flair and a chef’s dream range, update this kitchen for the next generation.

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The existing sub zero refrigerator is still going strong.  White dishwasher as well.  And you know our favorite “free” design element is just beaming through these antique glass windows!

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Lighting Updates Are Important

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Next, let’s talk about lighting.  Lighting in a design is so very important to ensure we have the type of light we need to perform tasks.  In a dining area, we may want lighting to be more reflective of the atmosphere.  In a kitchen we need lighting that helps us get tasks done.  We suggested lighting that does this, and appeals to today’s buyers.  We just love it when centuries collide and work!

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Lastly, to really bring this vintage kitchen into the way we all live now, we added a stainless work table.  We can just see pots, pans, small appliances tucked on the bottom shelf just waiting to be called up for the next creation!  Did you catch the simple paint update?

Oh If Every Kitchen Had A Butler!

In today’s world, a Carson, or Jeeves, is probably not on most of our radars. However, our firm does incorporate “butler’s pantries” in every kitchen we can.  Here we had the wonderful opportunity to do a simple update to the most glorious one we have seen in a long time.

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To be honest, this space is so impressive, we had to keep on track and follow our own advice of working on the lighting and splash area.  The same wavy vintage subway tile replaces the silk grasscloth paper over the sink, and both the new splash and ceiling fixtures offer lots of wattage.  We did paint the inside beadboard backs of the cabinets a hint of color…just because we could!

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Wouldn’t you love to be the one to keep adding the dings and dents of life into this stainless counter.  Oooooh what memories this counter can tell!

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Our Real Estate Agents

Thank you, once again, to Eric Seltz who always presents us with the most interesting projects.  We appreciate you and your wonderful clients!


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