A One of a Kind 1970s Kitchen Renovation

A One-of-a-Kind 1970s Kitchen Renovation
Photography by William Dickey

In looking for a wall color, Peggy explains, “I am a lover of anything with green in it.” So she found this paint color that is mustard yellow with a hint of green. “It just makes me happy,” she says. “I love coming back home to it.” She also loves how versatile the shade is and how well it mixes with other colors.

“I like to use stuff where it’s not supposed to go,” Peggy says. So when decorating the kitchen she put this concept to work. She found an architectural wooden piece at an antiques shop and thought it might have been from an old church. With the help of her cabinetmaker they were able to repurpose it as the cooktop’s hood, making it the focal point of her new kitchen. Peggy attached casters to a worn and well-loved farm table, making it an island. The colorful kilim rug used in a living area in their old house seemed new again as the kitchen rug. The beautiful glass light fixture above the island is a cloche Peggy bought at Anthropologie. When it came time to hang it she decided it looked better upside down.

As Peggy said, she likes using things in unexpected ways, and that may just explain what is so enticing about this one-of-a-kind kitchen.