Look! Amish Pennsylvania Kitchen

We came across this Amish kitchen from a historical farmhouse site, and we think it is so beautiful. The appliances surprised us, too; the refrigerator is gas-powered!

Apparently the refrigerator is gas-powered, and the range is powered by a mixture of gas and coal. That is a seriously substantial stove; it looks like one giant heap of metal!

This kitchen is very simple and old-fashioned, but I love the way the light comes in, and how the pale green paint creates a feel of serenity.

The thing I like the most, though, is how the table is in the very center of the kitchen. It reminds me that my ideal kitchen isn't just a showplace for sleek countertops (although I want those too!) or perfectly aligned storage. A kitchen isn't just a place for pyrotechnic showmanship or beautiful dishes. It's a place for eating, and for working.

That common table in the center makes me think of all the jams that have been put up there by busy hands, and all the batches of cookies and pie dough rolled out on its surface in the very center of the life of the kitchen. And of course it makes me think of all the meals eaten there, in the middle of the appliances and fixtures that, in the end, should be servants of the family table and not its masters.

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