Kitchen Tour: A Classic Traditional Kitchen

Traditional details and a mix of old and new materials return this classic home to its historical roots.

A Door to the Past & Future

This kitchen, dating to the 1800s, proves your home can have modern conveniences and still maintain a vintage feel. An open floor plan and easy accessibility blend with the fine materials and details of the original kitchen.

Splendid Soapstone

Mariana soapstone, named for the region of Brazil where it is quarried, brings old-fashioned stability to the furniture-style island's top and to counters around the main sink and range. Regular applications of mineral oil maintain the stone's dark color and sheen.

Vogue Ventilation

A contemporary range shares the cooking stage with a traditional hood that features scrolled brackets and a mantel. The backsplash includes handmade Arts and Crafts tiles from the homeowners' collection. The color scheme complements the home's character while providing a fresh, inviting look.

Winsome Tin

A tin ceiling, common in homes a century ago, crowns the room with period elegance. Though tin ceilings typically retain their metal color, this one was painted a creamy hue for a soft look that brings out the elaborate embossed patterns.

Marvelous Marble Countertops

Colombo Gold marble spices up a food-prep area with peppy colors and pepper-like flecks that contrast with the more staid soapstone.

Advantageous Vantage Points

By removing a low false ceiling, taking out a built-in breakfast area, and converting an upper-level closet into an open balcony, renovators made this kitchen feel more spacious.

Window Work

Expanded windows above the main sink supply the kitchen with natural light while conveying Arts and Crafts character via muntins and moldings. Daylight accents stainless-steel appliances, oak cabinetry, crackle-finish subway tile, soapstone counters, and a butcher-block slab on the island.

Clutter Control

No need for clutter with this bevy of built-in storage options, including an appliance garage by the main sink, glass-door upper cabinets for dishware, an open shelf near the range for cookbooks, counter-level drawers, and an undercounter wine cooler.

In-Sync Sink

The apron-front main sink features a deep and wide soapstone basin paired with a bridge faucet.

Classy Cabinetry

Classic oak cabinetry, made from quartersawn wood and finished in golden brown, lends a feeling of warmth, richness, and permanence. The finish lets the wood's natural grain variations stand out, giving each door and drawer a unique look. Old-style knobs and pulls complete the suggestion that this cabinetry could be original to an 1800s home.

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