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Unfitted Kitchens

You know that stately Greek Revival home I showed you a few weeks ago?  Here's a photo to refresh.

Well, I was doing some research on what kind of kitchen you would put in an 1850's four-over-four, classic Greek Revival home that originally had no kitchen.  In the original floor plan below, there's no kitchen or bathroom. (Although, I like the six rooms instead of the customary four on the second floor.)

So what to do?

Add an unfitted kitchen, of course. Historical craftspeople suggest this better works to marry the old feel with a new, sleeker look.

Here's one of the best examples I could find. It's basically a stand-alone kitchen, where rather than fitted cabinets affixed to the walls, each piece of free-standing furniture serves as either a workspace or shelving. The five 'stand-alone' pieces above are: mounted sink on the left, china cabinet, small work table, stove, and dining table which also serves as a countertop. (Yeah, I noticed the dishwasher was missing.)


A typical 1920's kitchen was 'unfitted'.  My great grandmother used to have one of these.

So when kitchens moved inside, this is what they looked like.

Here's a modern take on the 'unfitted' kitchen.  This is adorable and functional. And, there IS a dishwasher.



Courtesy Bronson Pinchot

Here's another one which looks like it has a soapstone sink.


Courtesy Jane MooreBut, here's my favorite!

My apologies for not being able to correctly credit three of the kitchens above.

Thank you for visiting Monet at home!



The Homes of Edith Wharton

Best known for her novels, The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, and Ethan Frome who knew Edith Wharton's first book was about interior decorating, The Decoration of Houses.  Wait, wait, don't leave, there's more.  Take a look at the house she designed, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts. She also published a garden design book.


The Mount



Edith Wharton, born Edith Jones, was born into New York society in 1862.  Her father's family was apparently about whom the saying "keeping up with the Joneses" originated.

Edith Wharton



Don't we all have door hardware like this?


Gardens at The Mount



The Mount's gatehouse. The Mount was the primary residence of Edith and Teddy Wharton until 1911.


And, if one palatial home isn't enough, look at her next home in France.  

Pavillon Colombe in St. Brice-sous-Foret, France.  The street has since been named, rue Edith Wharton.



The Gardens at Le Pavillon Colombe

Thanks for sticking with me.  I love the fashion, homes and gardens of the early 20th century.  They're the cat's meow!  Click to learn more about Edith Wharton.



Courtesy of New York Times, "On This Day", Photos Library of Congress and Google


Greek Revival

I came across this amazing old Greek revival home while searching for farms for sale on the net.  Thought you might like to take a look.  It's in western Alabama, was built in 1848, and is surrounded by twelve acres of pecan and fruit trees.  It has been in the same family for 175 years.  





Eight fireplaces, original pine floors, and one bathroom.  (Well, the first two are good.)




An addition was built in 1950.


I can just imagine horses, chickens (or is it hens), kittens, puppies, a small potager.  


The only thing missing is you...and another bathroom.


Photos courtesy Mossy Oak Properties