Eclectic Kitchen

Text by Rob Martin and Linda Wright / Photography by Mac Jamieson

A pleasing mix of family mementos and heirloom antiques sets this tranquil kitchen apart.

Built in 1925, this stone cottage is located near the heart of a busy suburb, but it might as well be tucked away in some idyllic rural setting. Vicki and Harrison Brannon are only the fourth homeowners to lovingly maintain the property. Vicki has prudently combined old and new elements to complement the kitchen’s undeniable charm. “Our home is a mix of what I like,” she remarks, “things that appeal to both Harrison and me, with cherished items handed down through our families.

These family treasure and interesting finds are inventively incorporated into the kitchen’s architecture and décor. Originally a porch that was enclosed by previous owners, the kitchen boasts a vaulted ceiling enhanced with exposed beams, which were salvaged from a family farm. An antique French wine barrel carrier hangs prominently from the ceiling and is used as a convenient pot rack. Around the corner, the ovens are tucked into an original stone chimney. A vintage clock from a post office completes the kitchen’s eclectic appeal.

Style Idea

Arrange your kitchen table in a sunny spot, making breakfasts and informal meals more enjoyable. This family table as a built-in lazy Susan for easy serving. Popular during the 1950s and 60s, lazy Susans are experiencing a renaissance and can be purchased separately and added to any table.