Remember this aqua-blue kitchen I showed you in the post about Retro Kitchens? It was a page out of a vintage Better Homes and Gardens decorating book from 1956, and I thought it actually looked like something you might find in a magazine today, especially with the stainless-steel appliances. Well, imagine my surprise when I opened a recent issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine to discover a photo of a contemporary kitchen that looks remarkably similar.
I wish it had scanned a little better than this–I spent an hour trying to track the photo down on the BHG website with no luck (hey, BHG, you need to make it easier to search for homes featured in your issues!)–but I think you can see the similarities. All it’s missing is the graphic wallpaper and the linoleum floor. This couple replaced theirs with a light-toned wood that warms it up a bit. They also replaced their original laminate countertops that had been edged in chrome with stainless-steel ones.
Interestingly, the house was built in 1936, despite its distinctly ’50s vibe. The owners say it was “ahead of its time” with its modernist design.
Pick up the February ’08 issue of Better Homes & Gardens to read about the couple who restored this kitchen to its former glory.
If You’re Hooked on Retro Rooms:
- I Can’t Get Enough of 1950s Kitchens
- A 1950s Kitchen with a Portable Stereo Cart
- Retro Living Rooms from 1956