Friday, August 26, 2011

1980s Kitchens from the Past

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1980s. Scarface. Madonna. Michael Jackson.

The 1980s. The decor of the movie Scarface comes to mind. High black shine, chrome, glitter and lots of curves. A style that is making it's way back into our homes. Can you handle it?

"Inventive seating makes for fun, informal entertaining. Built-in banquettes provide ample room for guests. Slipcovered foam cushions lift off; underneath are plywood lids that provide access to storage space. Featured in the February 1987 issue."

 Window treatments were very clever in all rooms of the home. Swag curtains, wallpaper floral borders and even chintz were the opposite of the high chrome style. "In this room by New York designer Eileen Boyd, a canvas hanging exuberantly painted by artist Francis Greenwood Dearden cleverly doubles as window treatment. Featured in the September 1989 issue."

This could be a modern day kitchen if not for the red and blue colors. A popular combination in homes as well as fashion. Remember the green and pink days too? Ick."A brick floor and glazed tiles on walls give a special shine to the kitchen. To make mealtimes easy, the work island contains drawers, storage bins, open shelves and a sink. Featured in the September 1980 issue."

 Classic black and white. Lots of shine. You can see your reflection in the counter tops - I imagine a Windex nightmare! "This kitchen was part of the House Beautiful Best Small House in 1984. "The room is crisply contemporary," summed up the magazine."

I hope you have enjoyed this stroll through vintage kitchens. Perhaps it has inspired you to cook something retro? I have an old casserole book I just might dig up. Bon apetit!

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