When Liz originally purchased this Philadelphia rowhome, it was exclusively because of the kitchen. She fell in love with the vintage stove and sink and ultimately redesigned the rest of the kitchen around them. Researching appliances that have seen better days and staying true to the era in which they originate can be much more commendable than just gutting and modernizing. Ironically, the wall color is almost identical to the color that was originally on the walls. In retro kitchens, pale blues are at their best and fill the space with light. The color also serves as somewhat of a blank canvas for accent colors. In Chris & Liz's kitchen, orange is their accent color and it pops amazingly when placed against the pale blue walls.
Due to the fact that they have a vintage sink and stove, it grants them the luxury and ease of incorporating vintage decor. They can pair vintage tea kettles and apron with modern day shelving units and pieces of art. There are no rules that you have to live by when decorating retro kitchens, and that's the beauty &mdash anything goes!
The size and layout of the kitchen presenting a problem for the couple, so they were extremely lucky to get their hands on their IKEA shelving and cutting board units. Not only do they provide ample storage for their pots, pans and mixing bowls, but they also provide enough counter space for meal preparation.
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