Editors’ Picks: Modern Old-House Kitchens, Traditional Touches

This week, our editors discover how to blend modern concepts with traditional details in the kitchen.
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on

In our modern times, where the kitchen is widely considered the heart of the home, the closed-off cooking sanctums of eras past just don't mesh with most folks' ideas of what the perfect kitchen should be. Gone are the days when servants prepared food behind closed doors and it appeared, as if by magic, on the dining table each night—the busy households of today long for open, bustling hubs that can fill multiple roles, from food-prep center to family hang-out spot to makeshift office.

modern white kitchen

But how do you sate today's desires for a modern kitchen while still staying true to the era of your home? Here are three kitchens with modern layouts but traditional touches in three very different homes—a Spanish-style villa, a Shingle cottage, and a 19th-century Federal—to mine for clues.

A Spanish Eclectic Kitchen: Designer Liza Kerrigan creates a kitchen in keeping with a Hollywood house’s origins.

Double Duty: Designer Audrey Anderson masterminds a bright kitchen based on traditional elements that caters to both family meals and formal dinners.

A Cook's Country Kitchen: Despite two centuries of change, character remains intact in this 1812 house, where a peculiar room with a hearth in the middle became a stunning family kitchen.

New This Week

Unique Baths for Old Houses: Those very retro, white-tile baths are attractive, but may not suit every old house.

Old-House Bathroom

A Mission Garden: The hilly, unkempt site wasn’t his first choice, but Jim Bishop used its limitations to create a stunning, low-water landscape with rock-strewn dry streambeds, tile-decorated garden rooms, potted succulents, and meandering steps.

Tags
terms:
Editors' Picks

Related Articles

Products of the Week

1_gallery_custom1

Unico System

A central heating and cooling system using "aspiration" technology to warm and cool homes evenly and quietly with flexible small ducts that weave through ceilings, walls, and even floors.

crown point kitchen

Crown Point Cabinetry

Crown Point Cabinetry offers custom cabinets for period style kitchens, baths, offices, laundry rooms, home bars and more. Styles include Shaker, Arts & Crafts, Early American, Victorian and Transitional.

vintage-doors-june7th-2019

Vintage Doors

Bring beauty and value your home with heirloom-quality REAL wood doors by Vintage Doors. Meticulously handmade by expert craftsmen in your exact size and style—to be loved and respected for generations, just like the olden days. Hand-crafted wood product line includes: screen doors, storm doors, Dutch doors, French doors, louver doors, pantry doors, interior doors, exterior doors, entrance units, three season porch enclosures, pet doors, arch top doors, round top doors, custom doors and more.