Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mixing countertop surfaces - right out of retro design history

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In this photo of my kitchen, I want to point out what I think is a great tip about using different countertop surfaces.

To the left of the stove -- you can see we used butcher block. Just to the right of the stove - we used same-sized sheet of stainless steel. The rest of the countertop is laminate (Formica boomerang, in aqua.) The mix of countertop materials really breaks up what could otherwise be a long, boring stretch of same-colored laminate. The stainless steel piece in particular is also very useful - we can set hot pots from the stove or oven right on to it. We don't actually use the butcher block for cutting, it's decorative in nature.

We took this idea straight from 50s advertising, and the '63 Geneva cabinets had countertops that used the stainless steel piece - just as we've replicated it.

This is an easy-to-do kitchen design tip that really makes a difference!

Please also see my previous posts on countertops - go right to them by clicking on Countertops in Labels, at the left.

Thursday's eBay pick of the day: Danish Modern painting

This painting is a reproduction - not what I'd call "dear" in terms of its underlying value. But it's just great as a purely decorate element for a "normal" mid century, retro reno home. I have something of the same vintage featuring an abstract bullfighter, and it just makes the room. I love this one's perfect retro color scheme, the abstract shape, and the size - which is not easy to come by. Would look great in a living room or office.