Old House Journal - - Kitchens & Revival Baths - Pho­tos by Steve Gross & Su­san Da­ley

Func­tion­ally mod­ern but thor­oughly vin­tage, this De­pres­sion-era kitchen adds char­ac­ter to a Colo­nial Re­vival mid-1920s house in Con­necti­cut.

The old house had some charm but lacked a defin­ing style. “An ar­chi­tect who looked at it called it ‘hig­gledy-pig­gledy’,” says Bill Ticineto, who owns the house with his wife, Jill Chase. The cou­ple have spent years gen­tly nudg­ing plainer as­pects of house to­ward the Colo­nial Re­vival style. In­side, the show­stop­per is the gal­ley-style kitchen, which the two en­vi­sioned and built with at­ten­tion to the small­est de­tails. (The sculpted cab­i­net feet are at­tached by mag­nets so they can be re­moved for easy clean­ing!) “There’s no wasted space,” says Bill, who built cab­i­nets in his work­shop. A mod­ern Lieb­herr fridge is be­hind the ice­box façade.

Glass-front cab­i­nets hold ura­nium glass; vin­tage glass and jadeite are ac­ces­si­ble near the sink.

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