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