Kitchen Tour: A Classic Traditional Kitchen
Traditional details and a mix of old and new materials return this classic home to its historical roots.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The apron-front main sink features a deep and wide soapstone basin paired with a bridge faucet.
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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.