The old house had some charm but lacked a defining style. “An architect who looked at it called it ‘higgledy-piggledy’,” says Bill Ticineto, who owns the house with his wife, Jill Chase.
The couple has spent years gently nudging plainer aspects of the house toward the Colonial Revival style. Inside, the showstopper is the galley-style kitchen, which the two envisioned and built with attention to the smallest details. (The sculpted cabinet feet are attached by magnets so they can be removed for easy cleaning!) “There’s no wasted space,” says Bill, who built cabinets in his workshop. A modern Liebherr fridge is behind the icebox façade.
Glass-front cabinets hold uranium glass; vintage glass and jadeite are accessible near the sink.
1. PERIOD-PERFECT CABINETS
Cabinets built by the homeowner are customized to the last detail. Plate racks are decorative and functional. Undersink vent cutouts are inspired by the couple’s favorite game: “When you play bocce, you use four balls per team and one little jack ball.”
2. THE ICEBOX FRIDGE
Inspiration for the custom oak refrigerator enclosure came from studying vintage iceboxes in antique stores and 1910s ads in old magazines. This design follows one from the McCray Refrigeration Co. Underneath hides a side-by-side Liebherr refrigerator.
3. RESTORED APPLIANCES
A vintage two-oven, six-burner Glenwood Deluxe SNJ stove came through a seller on eBay, and it was restored by Erickson’s Antique Stoves in Littleton, Mass. Nickel was removed and replated, and the range brought up to modern code.
4. COLLECTIBLES DISPLAY
In addition to glass-front display cabinets and the open racks near the sink, end cabinets put vintage collectibles on display. Filled with uranium or Vaseline glass, those backlit cabinets create a transition from kitchen to dining room.
THE LOOK …
The Laurelhurst 16 (diameter) Dome Pendant features a streamlined cage and a prismatic shade for a vintage look. It has solid brass construction and comes in polished nickel and three other fi nish options. Also available in 8 diameter and as a double pendant. Custom order. As shown, $499: rejuvenation.com
From 1900 to 1940, these glass knobs were a favorite. The Hexagonal Glass Cabinet Knob with Nickel Bolt comes in four sizes (and as a bridge drawer pull), in 14 colors including Depression green ($3.89 each). The medium-size hex is 1 ¼, standard for kitchen cabinets. houseofantiquehardware.com
Mosser Glass is making authentic reproduction Depression-era glass using original molds. Hand-pressed flint glass plates in Jadeite come in three sizes, $18–$33 each. (Also available in Cobalt and Ruby.) Buy through vermontcountry store.com
Wilmette carries a full line of icebox hardware: latches and hinges both vintage-style and modern. The 7 Traditional Icebox Hinge is available in any finish, here shown in brass. wilmettehardware.com
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