A Midcentury Modern Makeover

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Warmed with furniture and collectibles from the 1950s, this contemporary kitchen becomes a stylish work space filled with wow-worthy amenities.

Midcentury Romance

Happiness comes in all forms, but for these homeowners it came in the shape of a sleek, contemporary kitchen that celebrates midcentury modern design from Europe and the United States. A large central island provides plenty of prep space as well as a spacious food-staging area, while an elevated eating bar at the end of the island provides a casual dining spot.

Sleek Lines

Although the kitchen's three walls each showcase different elements, consistency in materials ensures that they remain in harmony. On the range wall, the white granite backsplash creates a seamless look with the countertops. Overhead, a stainless-steel range hood stretches horizontally across the wall, creating a contemporary, 1950s-style aesthetic.

Modern Materials

Sleek modern cabinets are paired with elegant white granite surfacing throughout the kitchen. Easier to maintain than marble, the stone forms the countertops, backsplash, island surface, and the contemporary farmhouse-style sink. A greenhouse window above the sink provides display space for decorative plants.

Childhood Memories

Apothecary drawers located below a stretch of upper cabinets showcase colorful candies that bring back fond memories of the 1950s. Outfitted with ribbed-glass fronts, the drawers add a touch of whimsy to the thoroughly grown-up kitchen.

Dining In

Framed against the modern cabinetry, a tulip table and chairs demonstrate the kitchen's harmonious pairing of vintage and contemporary design. Against one wall, a freestanding dish cupboard with sleek stainless-steel legs obscures collectible dishware behind etched-glass doors.

Kitchen Command Center

Adjacent to the dining area, a mini home office provides the perfect spot to pay the bills. Large drawers are outfitted with the same hardware as the kitchen cabinetry to create a cohesive look. An overhead shelving unit provides open display space for collectibles, cookbooks, and more.

Wall of Storage

On the wall opposite the sink, floor-to-ceiling cabinet fronts conceal two refrigerators and sets of freezer drawers, along with a door to the large walk-in pantry. The spacious pantry stores everything from small appliances to dry goods to serving pieces. The minimalist cabinets have a ceruse finish -- a treatment that looks similar to the pickled-oak finish that was popular during the 1950s.

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