Posted by on Jan 8, 2010 | 2 comments

An Atomic Farmhouse On A Budget

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In its heyday, the Atomic Age saw the use of streamlined designs and raw metals used to create a clean look that gave way to what we now recognize as the modern movement. This movement took place in the 1950’s and 1960’s, which was deeply influenced by sleek aircraft designs that emerged from WWII. Ironically the traditional farmhouse of the early 20th century was eclipsed by this Modern movement and other subsequent styles, replacing the ornate Victorian details with more economical ranch and contemporary styles. With a love for nostalgia, this customer project features a unique complimentary combination of Victorian and Atomic influences in this budget-defying kitchen. Using elements found in their shop, the owner of White Flower Farmhouse created a warm and inviting country kitchen from many refinished items and reclaimed materials. The traditional Victorian influence becomes apparent with just a glance at this phenomenal kitchen. Defined by classic cabinets, bead board walls, white appliances, and a series of stacked display shelves, this kitchen fits the much-desired look of a traditional farmhouse. Punctuating this room is the use of a converted counter display table from a hardware store that has been turned into a center island with room for storage and plenty of character thanks to the use of a galvanized steel counter top. Almost immediately your eyes are drawn to the deep brown of the oak hardwood floors, which is a pleasing contrast to the lightly colored cabinets aligning the floors and walls. This contrast from deep rich color to a creamy neutral pallet allows for a soothing transition, naturally drawing the eye up past the bead board to the ceiling where reminders of the Atomic Age shine down upon this cooking space. Aligning the ceiling is the use of 5 Farm & Barn All Weather Warehouse Glass & Guard Lights, which offer a refreshing take on this classic design. The addition of these Atomic Era lights merge the mixed elements of this kitchen, recapturing the essence of the 40’s and 50’s that saw these two styles collide.

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2 Comments

  1. I would like to know more about the details of this kitchen, including paint color of
    cabinets, etc. Thank you — it is beautiful! Sue

  2. Hello Sue,
    While we did provide some of the lighting for this kitchen, we do not know all of the details of the project. However, the kitchen was remodeled by Lori at White Flower Farmhouse. She’ll be able to point you in the right direction for the paint colors and whatnot.

    –Ashley

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