On the fabulous Old House Dreams, for example, a house will be shown from, say, 1905, but with a 1950s kitchen.
And people will comment: Oh! I would need to tear out that kitchen and install a period-correct one.
I read (and hear) this ALL THE TIME.
The people who state this will 100% guaranteed NOT install a period-correct kitchen. They will install a wholly modern fitted kitchen with every possible gadget and convenience, and all hyper-glamorized to a point where their new kitchen will be THE most visually dramatic in the whole house. This new hyper-kitchen will look NOTHING like a kitchen from 1905.
And in the process, a true period kitchen, the 1950s one, will be thrown into the dumpster. ARGH!!!!!!!!
I always rush in to defend (as do others) these 1950s kitchens (or 1930s, 1940s, 1960s, and even 1970s) if they look in good shape and are of high quality. These are period kitchens. Their replacement will not be.
Oh, and look at what some idiot did to this extraordinary period kitchen. Be prepared to scream.
Rant over. Normal programming will now resume…
I greatly enjoy pouring over images of historic kitchens. This does not mean that I am ready to commence with the restoration of the Cross House kitchen, or even that I will recreate a truly period-correct kitchen. It just means that I enjoy the process of learning about old kitchens.
When I purchased the Cross House in 2014 I had zero idea of what an 1894 kitchen looked like, or what a 1894 stove looked like, or an 1894 kitchen sink, or what refrigeration was like in 1894.
I know now. And learning about all this has been great fun.
A while back I did a series of posts about historic kitchens. People seem to greatly enjoy these posts.
Wanna have some more fun?
The main aesthetic theme in all the above kitchens is SIMPLICITY.