Parlor Shoppe Details in Home Kitchens

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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.
  • Put some sweets on display. This could be through artwork or with actual treats in glass containers.The ones shown here are no longer available, but look for similar from Sur la Table or Williams Sonoma to start.

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