Get the Look: Century Kitchen

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Historic buildings can sometimes be problematic to work with due to the age of the materials and the complexity of getting them up to code, but the sense of history and character that comes with old buildings can’t be beat. And anytime I work on a historic home, maintaining its character and integrity is a top priority. In the kitchen – a room which relies on modernity to function properly – this can be a challenge. You want to honor the room’s character, but you also need all the modern necessities of everyday life.

In this kitchen, which was part of a restored century building, the goal was to highlight the original features (exposed brick, vintage ceiling beams and wide plank floors) while still giving the homeowners the modern, functional space they desired. In order to make it happen, simple, white cabinets with streamlined hardware were installed along one wall, and sleek mid century modern furniture filled the rest of the space. A large, live edge dining table acts as the centerpiece of the kitchen and acts as an island when extra counter space is needed. The space is thoughtfully designed, but there are no overly decorative frills competing with the amazing historic features.

Century Kitchen – Get the Look

Kitchen with Brick Wall
Get the Look - Industrial Kitchen (1) (1)


1)‘Castanets Crop’ by Silvia Vassileva Painting Print on Canvas  2) Kichler Danika 1 Light Inverted Pendant 3) Gimbel 3 Light Full Track Lighting Kit 4) Single Handle Deck Mounted Standard Kitchen Sink Faucet with Pull Down Spray 5) South Shore Axess Kitchen Pantry 6) South Cone Home New Orleans Dining Table 7) Trent Austin Design Edgewater Bricks Wall Mural 8) South Cone Home New Orleans Dining Table


Since this area acts as both a kitchen and living space, a comfortable seating area was deemed appropriate. A large sectional complete with throw pillows makes for a comfy place to sit and chat while work is being done in the kitchen. Since most gatherings end up with everyone in the kitchen anyway, you may as well design a space to accommodate it!

Industrial Kitchen Seating Area

GTL Rebecca and Stew Sitting Area (1)

1) Bungalow Rose Biltmore 1 Light Outdoor Barn Light 2) Hollie Coffee Table 3) “Cube Abstract V” by Rio Painting Print on Canvas 4) Alcott Hill Sycamore Forest Wood Tray 5) Bourdeau Stripes Throw Pillow Color: Blue, Size: 18″x18″ 6) French Country Feed Sack Throw Pillow 7) Geometric Decorative Throw Pillow 8) Lumen Black Kimaugh Rug Rug Size: 5′ x 8′ 9) Virgilio Sectional


What’s great about this space is that it exudes history and charm, but is still modern and functional. It proves that you really can have the best of both worlds.


To see more photos from this renovation check out the Income Property episode guide.

Room photos courtesy of Skit Inc.

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