An Ode to the Dated Kitchens I Love


I’ve been writing a lot lately about embracing the unique style of your home, in whatever form it takes; about not letting trends and the opinions of others have full say over what you like and don’t like about your space. Today we’re exploring this concept through what is the heart of many of our homes: the kitchen. Because kitchens have so many inherent design elements, they’re often one of the first spaces in a home to show their age…and today I’m here to tell you that that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

It’s my hope that this post will encourage you to see your own kitchen in a new light, no matter what decade its elements are most inspired by. Because by welcoming elements that aren’t necessarily “on-trend,” you have the opportunity to develop a unique style that’s personal and one of a kind.

Without further ado, the kitchens…beginning with one you’ve likely seen a few times before.

Our Kitchen

After we moved in, I was surprised at how much I appreciated the details of this kitchen, which we’re pretty sure was last remodeled in the late ’80s or early ’90s. While the cabinets aren’t in great shape these days, there are plenty of elements that shine in unexpected ways. For instance, the brown tiled countertops and floors hide crumbs like no other (key when you’ve got an active family frequently cycling through!). For the most part, we love the L-shaped layout and are even looking to keep some of the…

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