Thursday, September 17, 2009
JULIA CHILD'S KITCHEN
Julia Child's kitchen, on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
I love Julia's collection of copper pans hanging on all of the available wall space, and the fact that she hung paintings on the cabinet doors. The blue cabinet color is both retro and modern. And there is plenty of counter space—a MUST for any serious home cooking.
On remodeling the space...
• I would install task lighting and undercabinet lighting throughout the space.
• It looks like linoleum on the floors, which would be typical of the era. I would replace it with a rich, warm wood flooring. It would ground the soft blue of the cabinets.
• Also, I love the kitchen table, but it seems as though Julia used this as a workspace. It would be more functional as a counter-height freestanding table, which would keep the period feel of the space, but ease the strain on the back from bending while working at the table.
• The sink looks like a single-bowl model. I would replace it with a spacious double sink, which would aid in the cooking/clean up of such a busy workspace.