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homes

Mix old with new. Incorporate
something old or something that
looks old, like Melissa Firestone's
hutch.

Tips for Creating an Old
World Kitchen Design

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If you, too, gravitate from the matchy-matchy to the eclectic and would love to step
back in time with every culinary experience, an Old World style kitchen is for you.
Achieving it is easier than you imagined possible.
"There is no book that says 'Do this for Old World style,'" says Chris Wade,
designer and branch manager with Reico Kitchen and Bath in Salem. "Every
designer is going to interpret the style differently." That said, here are a few tips
from the experts to get you started.

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Mix light with dark. Whether
the color of cabinets or different
materials, like the countertop choices
Firestone made, mixing is what Old
World style is all about.
Accessorize with hand-forged
metals. "It doesn't necessarily have
to be hand-forged," says Wade. "It
could be a mixture of metals or
finishes."

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Use natural stone.
Whether brick,
travertine, or marble,
natural stone is
preferred over other
manufactured surfaces.
Choose fabrics with
rich colors and stripes
over florals.
Add a pot rack, baker's
rack, or a freestanding
piece like a hutch or
china cabinet.

The Heart of
the Home
A traditional kitchen would have a table in the middle
of the room. To keep that eat-in kitchen feel, Melissa
did a few things. First, the island includes space for
seating. Second, no wall separates the farmhouse style
table from the kitchen's work area.
"It was important to me that the stove face out,
toward the table," Melissa says.
Third, while the open floor plan includes seating for
family and friends, she chose not to include a television.
"Being newly married, with a daughter and stepdaughter," she says, "I like us all to talk and not have
a distraction."
She also includes Makenzie, 18, and Charlotte, 12,
in tasks like setting the table and food prep each night.
And, since no television is within sight, they spend
mealtimes eating and telling their own stories.
Melissa isn't the kind of person to order a fully
equipped kitchen and spend her life eating out.
"I cook every day," she says. "I aim for food to taste
like it did when I was a kid."
Her new kitchen not only reminds her of her
grandmothers in New York, but it also reminds her
to make new memories with her daughters for their
future kitchen and families, too. I
Since a traditional
kitchen would have
a table in the middle
of the room, no
wall separates the
Littleton's farmhousestyle table from the
kitchen's work area.

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