A Collector's Kitchen Makeover

A reader’s “fun and festive” kitchen is a delightful place for baking and taking care of family.
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A reader’s “fun and festive” kitchen is a delightful place for baking and taking care of family.
The bench cushion is covered in old-fashioned toile. Beyond is the laundry area.

The bench cushion is covered in old-fashioned toile. Beyond is the laundry area.

By Ellen Broder

I am a collector of all things vintage. I started as a teenager, when I visited a secondhand store for the first time. I appreciate the hunt for that “must-have piece”. . . I live in the past, and I love it.

My husband and I own a Dutch Colonial house built in 1928, in Roslyn, New York. It’s now filled with one-of-a-kind antiques and copious collections displayed throughout the house—in the sunroom filled with wicker (and a carousel horse); in the powder room, where antique mirrors on two walls surround a 1920s medical sink. I also collect vintage handbags and jewelry. I’d most like to share my recently renovated kitchen.

Inspired by the black-and-white tiled kitchens of the 1920s, mine has explosions of color from the 1930s collectibles. Custom shelving holds hundreds of salt and pepper shakers and other bits of kitchen kitsch.

An old 1920s Hoosier cabinet is my baking center. (After I was asked to bake for a neighborhood store, I started my own company.) The main stove is a reproduction by Heartland; two small 1920s stoves hold cookbooks and kitchenware. A tiny 1930s refrigerator is filled with a collection of glass milk bottles (remember the milkman?) and bottles of wine.

Everyone who visits is amazed by this kitchen and its creative collections. It puts a smile on my face to know that it’s in the pages of Old House Journal!