Friday, January 29, 2010

Chalet du Francais Appreciation Day: Kitchen

My favorite long lost faux twin sister recently bought her dream home. This home is CRAZY amazing. Every week she does a Home Appreciation Post, and post the details that makes her house her dream home. I love it, look forward to reading it each week, and decided to steal her idea since I'm having a hard time figuring out a way to steal her entire house.

Here is my kitchen, it is very 1950's Retro, and I love it. Mr. Man's first instinct was to redo it, but I held up my hand and said, "Stop. I like it and I'd rather have a pool." The counters are yellow tile with chrome, and they are in great shape. It's all original stuff in this house. These people built this house and bought high end stuff and kept it forever.

This stove is crazy old and has more bells and whistles than I know what to do with. Unfortunately, it's leaving our home, since it just isn't conduscive to my very mediocre cooking. It took me 28 minutes to boil a pot of water for hot chocolate. Maybe they had more patience in 1953.
The stove is Frigidaire "made only General Motors", ah yes, the good old days of GM. I love all the cool knobs, and I try to talk myself into keeping this stove, until I turn it on. The former owners were meticulously clean people and super organized. We were presented with a box of instruction manuals for everything in the house. The dishwasher, was bought in 1986, making it 24 years old. They paid $332 for it, not a small price at the time. It is nosier than a rocket launch when you turn it on. Mr. Man hit the deck when he first heard it, and proclaimed that it will be taking a hike with the stove. This faucet is one of my favorite things in the kitchen.
Actually, I lied... my favorite is this window. Between those branches is a killer view of the city.My friend Laura sent me this vintage tea towel and it looks perfectly at home in my kitchen. I like to pretend I'm Donna Reed, throw this dishtowel on my shoulder and peek in the oven, and say, "Oh dear, is the roast done yet? Ward's almost home."
When I signed the escrow papers, my first thought was, "I need a breadbox, a vintage one." I settled for this knock off vintage one, and I love it, so do the kids. Mr. Man was a little hurt I didn't choose to pull out his "High School Wood Shop" Breadbox... but he got over it. After all, who doesn't love a yellow breadbox?
Now go photograph your home and show me your pics!


Mary said...

Wow, that bread box matches your kitchen perfectly! I love it.

And that faucet is amazing. And you are the best fake sister a girl could ever have.

"Let's get together, yeah yeah yeah..."

Amanda said...

I love your kitchen! The way the sink is against your corner windows is something I'd like to do in my kitchen when we remodel it

laura said...

love love love!!

Movers Irvine said...

I really love the gas range. It looks old school but it is really gorgeous. It looks expensive but if I can have an opportunity to buy that I will buy it. If I will build kitchen I will use yours as an inspiration.