Kitchen design guide

Whether going for a big style change or small update, get tips and inspiration to design the perfect kitchen for your home

How to design a vintage-modern kitchen

A resourceful Portland designer reawakened her Victorian kitchen by combining the best of old and new

Kitchen character
Photo by Lincoln Barbour; written by Paige Porter Fischer

Kitchen character

When Vicki Simon first saw the tiny laminate-clad kitchen of her future home, it inspired grander visions. “I once toured a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, and was so taken with its Victorian-style kitchen that I memorized every detail: the stand-alone furniture, the big pot rack,” recalls the interior designer. “It was beautiful but as functional as a commercial kitchen.” Simon kept coming back to that image as she remodeled her 1908 house’s kitchen, a process that involved restoring the original floors (despite contractors who said it couldn’t be done), trolling Craigslist, and scouring salvage yards up and down the West Coast—a 10-month labor of love that led her to declare, “If I ever move, this kitchen is coming with me.”


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