Parlor Shoppe Details in Home Kitchens
Ah, the parlor shoppe. With soda fountains, ice cream, and long-fabled nickle candies – there’s a warmth and familiarity to it all even if it was before your time. We guess the setting is a sort of Norman Rockwell Americana that’s part of our collective memory.
Parlor shoppe decor is often in a 1950’s Art Deco-inspired style, some of which can be introduced (in small doses) into the home kitchen. Here are a few little touches that may have you feeling like you’re at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor when you’re actually just washing the dishes:
- Bar seating could definitely convey the parlor shoppe vibe. Check out the vintage stools in this kitchen – they even have a foot rail that looks like it’s made of plumbing parts. The lighting’s playing a role here, too. For a similar look, we could see using something like this from Schoolhouse Electric.
- Red and white stripes. Here’s one easy way to add them: in dish towels. This set by MU Kitchen is $14 from Amazon.
- Metal edging at the countertop is a throwback detail that we think you could certainly find at a soda fountain or at your kitchen sink. It’s an edge detail for finishing off laminate countertops, but it would have been found much more commonly in 1950 than today.
- This kitchen’s a little frilly for our tastes, but you’ve got to love that red and white check flooring.