Vintage Kitchen with 50s Charm

Nostalgic kitchen's owner celebrates the past through her collection of vintage treasures and retro designs.

Oven and window in the Vintage Kitchen

Oven and window in the Vintage Kitchen

This 1950s Chambers cookstove helped seal the deal when Krissy and her husband were househunting. The kitchen still has its original cabinetry. Krissy added red accents, like the antique red-and-white enamelware and the 1940s teapot curtains.

Work Area in the Vintage Kitchen

Work Area in the Vintage Kitchen

From the glass spice jars to the vintage recipe cards and cookbooks, Krissy's kitchen is chockablock full of details worth seeing.

Vintage table and shelf

Vintage table and shelf

Antique plates and collectibles overlook the vintage table, trimmed in red.

Shelf displaying vintage treasures

Shelf displaying vintage treasures

Krissy found this display shelf, covered with dust, in the basement of an antique store. With a coat of fresh white paint and some green glass drawer knobs, it became the lace-trimmed backdrop for her collection of vintage kitchenware. Not bad for a $12 investment!

Vintage Hutch

Vintage Hutch

Cheery red and white accent the hutch. Sometimes known as a hoosier cabinet, this kind of hutch was popular before the 1920s, but faded as kitchens became more modern. Krissy says it's very functional, and "terrific for small kitchens."

Vintage Hutch, side view

Vintage Hutch, side view

"My kitchen is my pride," reads the sampler on the hutch.

Krissy Falzon

Krissy Falzon

Krissy Falzon doesn't mind it if you say she's living in the past! She even enjoys reading novels that were popular in decades gone by.

Vintage-inspired craft room

Krissy's vintage-inspired craft room

Krissy primed and painted dark-paneled walls to create a light-filled craft room for quilling, paint projects and decoupage.

Craft Room-bookcase

Craft Room-bookcase

A nostalgic sampler hangs over the lace-trimmed bookcase, filled with antique books and storage tins.

Bulletin board and storage

Bulletin board and storage

A 1950s pink lingerie cabinet holds Krissy's doilies, ribbons and ephemera. It's topped with a wood file card case, over which she hung a bulletin board she created with vintage floral fabrics and ribbons.

Krissy crafting

Krissy crafting

Krissy relaxes by quilling, an old crafting technique of forming designs by rolling paper. Quilling is making a comeback with crafters.

 

Krissy Falzon doesn’t just indulge in her passion for antiques. She lives it!

Her 1953 Bellmore, New York, home is a retro masterpiece. And it was the kitchen that helped seal the deal when she and husband Frank were house hunting, because it came with the original 1950s Chambers cookstove, in working order. Expanding the retro look from there seemed only natural.

“My fascination with antiques began when I was about 9,” she recalls. “I walked with my girlfriend to the outdoor antique market every weekend, and the vendors taught us the history of the items that piqued our interest.”

Krissy’s home is no museum crowded with hands-off retro exhibits. She makes a point of using everything in it, from the antique cookbooks and vintage Pyrex bowls in her cheery yellow and white kitchen, trimmed in red accents, to the milk-glass planters that hold her art supplies in her green craft room.

“I love accessorizing my home with vintage items,” Krissy says of her vintage style. “You can see thousands of antiques and collectibles and never see the same thing twice. They’re unique and great conversation pieces. and you can’t find these great oldies at today’s home stores.

“Our guests come for the experience of drinking out of ’50s tumblers and eating rice pudding from old glass dessert cups.”

Krissy, who’s written several books on organizing and decorating, says it’s easy to make every room in your home special and make what’s old look new again.

“The easiest way to begin a decorating project is to break it down,” she says, advising starting with paint color you love.

Then, work with what you have.

“Surround yourself with only items that you love,” she suggests, and figure out how to help each item reach its potential.

This may mean visualizing a dark wood chair with glossy white paint and a vibrant yellow floral cushion, as Krissy did.

Or it may mean using old items in unexpected ways. Krissy suggests you could use whimsical vintage head vases not to hold flowers, but your pens or paintbrushes, or an elegant milk glass compote to hold pretty bathroom soaps. Display collectibles as a group, she said, both to maximize their impact and combat clutter.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, Krissy says, and keep an open mind. “Many mistakes end up creating the best look!” she says.

 

Vintage Kitchen Photography by Ken Spencer.

 

 

 

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