Having just finishing flipping through a recent issue of Kitchen and Bath Ideas, a “special interest publication from Better Homes & Gardens, I was swimming in images of pristine, put-together kitchens where every aspect was planned cohesively. I admire the ability to plan and execute so thoroughly, but I also like a little mess: a room with real-life character feels lived in, gives me a sense of belonging, and more importantly and doesnʼt look destroyed after the kids have run through it.
The kitchen of my dreams showed up in the New York Times, in an article about a New Orleans couple, Karina Gentinetta and Andrew James McAlear, who built a new cottage, but made it look like it had been there 150 years. Their motivation? The couple had lost almost everything they owned to Hurricane Katrina, and their previous house stood on the very lot. They wanted to reconnect with their lost past, and it worked. Looking at their house now, youʼd never know it was built only three years ago.
Of the belongings in her new home, Karina says, “They all look like they have a history. All of us are damaged in some way, so why should we not love something that had a previous life to it? Just because it is old and damaged doesnʼt mean itʼs not beautiful.”
Try this at home
Whatever your reason, be it recreating the past, disguising kid mess, or just a deep adoration for lovingly worn things, take these tips on aging a kitchen fast:
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