On entering the kitchen of Ragdale House in Lake Forest, Illinois, you might have the peculiar sensation of traveling through time. With its cheery buttercup-yellow walls and peacock-blue painted farmhouse furniture, vintage stove, and generous porcelain sink, this homey kitchen might first appear to belong to a family from the early part of the last century.
Step in a little further, though, and you'll notice the drawers and cupboards have all been clearly labeled in bold black type: "Coffee Carafes & Tupperware," "Foil & Plastic Wrap," "Cereal & Snacks." You'll see a dishwasher, microwave oven, plates and mugs from Crate & Barrel and Target, as well as a very 21st-Century assortment of convenience foods.
What's going on?