Vintage Kitchens

While many of us envision our "dream" kitchen as having granite countertops, state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances and Tuscany accessories, not everyone shares that contemporary ideal. Some homeowners look to the past to create their dream kitchen, opting for vintage charm and historical pieces to complete their ideal room.

Homelife took a look at some of the delightful vintage kitchens we've featured over the many years we've been doing this and decided to revisit them. So grab your poodle skirt or prairie garb and let's take a look at some wonderful kitchens of yesteryear.

This East Medford kitchen rocks around the clock with a fun, '50s theme. With the collection mostly all original - the homeowner doesn't like to buy reproductions — it takes us back to a happier time. The stove's iron cooktop sets the stage for another charming '50s vignette — this one in pink and cream - featuring a pink canister set, a little pink toy fridge, rolling pins, sifters and juicers. A set of clocks — including a classic red teapot model — hangs above the French doors and vintage tea towels finish off the look.

Stainless steel appliances weren't welcome in this Phoenix kitchen. It was kept charming with cabinets and flooring done in simple pine. Throughout the kitchen, colorful vintage fruit labels — lithographs from the 1920s and 1930s — add rustic appeal. On a ledge above, tools used to tend the earth add rich character, from a century-old pitchfork and retired smudge pot lighter to a worn out "seeder" and a hen-shaped wire egg basket. But the star of the kitchen is the couple's only oven, a 1925 Hotpoint that basks in shades of reds and greens.

Let's go back in time even a little further to a log cabin in the Applegate built in 1917.

This rustic kitchen uses antique sideboards for counter tops, old bottles and tins for decoration and displays only a small part of the homeowners' collection of 1930s red-handled implements, as well as old tins, rolling pins and cowboy artifacts. The overall look is charming and inviting.

Once the living room in this historic house in Ashland, the simple kitchen now features period-appropriate, maple, butcher-block counters, a fabulous Wedgwood stove and open cupboards with schoolhouse pendant lights over the farmhouse sink. Warm wood on the floor and ceiling transports one back to the time when the house served as a "home stop" for the stagecoach line in 1887.

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