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Unfashionable old friends – comfortable kitchens

11.29.2010 · Posted in Kitchens

I’m taking you to one of my happy places this morning – filled with bits and pieces seemingly gathered in different decades, these traditional style English kitchens put comfort before fashion (via):

Tradition with a twist in a Kent Georgian

New traditional - West Sussex

Friendly clutter in Wiltshire

Eclectic and relaxed in West Sussex

This last kitchen, from the lovely English mag Wealden Times, was last remodeled in 1934 when the old range was replaced by that new-fangled Aga:

A kitchen last remodeled in 1934 - Simon Merewether in Wealden Times

What a lot of life those kitchen tables must have seen!

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8 Responses to “Unfashionable old friends – comfortable kitchens”

  1. Oh yes, Kate – I’d like to have counterspace and somewhere to keep my favoorite pots, pans, and utensils. Though I might be willing to sacrifice that for an even bigger Aga :) . It’s interesting how our needs and expectiations in kitchen design have moved on compared with some of these older layouts, isn’t it?

  2. If you had that extra room beside the Aga in #1, wouldn’t you be tempted to put a little cart or cabinet to the side as a landing area? Four or five steps can be a long walk carrying a hot, heavy piece of cookware full of food.
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  3. HI Joseph – yes, my Mom inherited an old pine kitchen table when her best friends left the farmhouse they’d lived in for a lifetime. Mom soon found that scrubbing the pine is not as romantic as it sounds!

  4. Part of me really likes the charm of those ancient kitchen tables, but the woodworker in me wants to break out the belt sander and begin refurbishing them!
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  5. Thanks Mr. Mogul – and here I had you down as a bleeding edge of design kind of guy…

  6. The Mogul loves this. Old kitchens like this just shine with inner functionality on display for all to see!!
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  7. Hi Becky – yes, comfortable and worn in. I think of a good pair of hiking boots – they don’t go in and out of style the way jeans do.

  8. Wow. They’re like a favorite pair of jeans: unpretentious & functional. If walls could talk!
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