"It was a big kitchen, old-fashioned but well enough planned, and after the vicarage kitchen, a delight. Instead of our vast black Eagle range there was a cream-coloured Aga, nestling under the old mantelpiece as if it had been built with the house. . .Opposite the fireplace was a tall dresser with rows of pretty plates in white and powder-blue, with cups to match hanging along the fronts of the shelves. The new fashion for built-in kitchen units and 'worktops' had not reached so far into the wilds, it appeared. The big table in the middle of the room gave all the working space necessary, and there was another long table under the window, cluttered now. . .
Thornyhold, Mary Stewart
I was so far inside the box when we planned our kitchen that I thought the standard $30,000 kitchens with built-in cupboards and granite counters were the only way to go. My.
When I have a kitchen to do again, I will think of my space in a more elemental way. My style is not really hodge-podge old-fashioned, but I would like to see what a dresser, wall shelves, and a big wooden table would be like for a kitchen.
Pictures from a book I love: The Family Home by Joanne Copestick