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Wednesday
Oct022013

Fit for Unfitted

These stainless beauties are perfect for the 'unfitted' kitchen I posted about last week. Stainless islands and vintage restaurant sinks fit nicely into an older home's landscape. Or, can give old-world character to a new-build. 

Here's one I used as a potter's sink at Monet at home. Love the three faucets with one huge sink. And, of course, barn wood never hurts as a backdrop.

This one makes a beautiful stainless island and kitchen table.

 

Here's a pretty I'll be getting at Monet by October 15.  The faucet swivels to fill all three sink compartments. Can't you just see the copper pots below, or beautiful linen skirting around the basin.

More skirting...this kitchen is adorable. I could sleep here!

Courtesy Pinterest

Courtesy Jeannette WhitsonBehind the skirting is a dishwasher, beverage frig, and shelving for vases. Check out Jeannette's website, gardenvarietydesign.com. 

Thursday
Sep262013

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!