Monday, June 29, 2009

Know your role, woman!

Touchy title, I know, but still funny. My manhunk screws with me all the time in this way, and I don't take it offensively at all (he's always a punk - teehee)....until his buddies are around and he developes that annoying quality of not knowing when the hell to shut up! But that's another story entirely.

The story I have today, kids, is about kitchen appliances. Stop moaning and let me finish. I'm talking about awesome appliances here; not your everyday, run of the mill, Maytag, Fridgedaire, or Whirlpool. The appliances I'm referring to can make you want to spend all your time in the rockin' kitchen you've modified specifically for your wants and needs.

I'm sure most have seen the Big Chill fridges. They're modern but with a vintage appearance. Well, I get this Carolina freeby magazine that focuses on local stuff - (the current season's gardening tips, design pointers, and tidbits about NC counties in general), but inside the last issue was a gorgeous ad for Elmira Stove Works!!!! How in God's green earth have I not seen these before?! If you haven't, then you're in for a treat unless you aren't really into vintage. If that's the case, NEVERfreakingMIND! Here we go:

They kinda look like Grateful Dead ranges, don't they? :)

So these bad boys can be custom built for YOUR kitchen. When I say custom built, I mean exact measurements, style of stove top, gas/electric, color, you name it! Seriously, check out the flames. It's HotWheels!

Elmira Stove Works do more than stoves too! I've googled dishwashers and even microwaves. To be honest, the microwaves look a little bit like easybake ovens.

This next image makes me sad. First off, I love copper, so I want this really badly. Second, I received on of these lovelies from my bro-in-law at Christmas this past year. Problem: When lugging all of our presents into our home, I decided to get my Oster out of the box the moment I stepped in the house. Not the best of ideas, being that the room you would immediately step into has tile floor. Upon opening my new kitchen toy, I fumbled......wait NO! I already had everything out of the box, and I was walking up the stupid four steps into my kitchen. My clutsy a** tripped then dropped the canister piece. The daggon thing bounced off the bottom step and crashed into a million glittering pieces all over that white tile floor. Tile is not the most forgiving when it comes to slamming into it....not like carpet would have. Sad, very sad moment. I didn't even get to use it yet. I still have the base. Not sure why, but I do. :(

Oster Classic Beehive in Coppertone

Not keen on the idea of retro-renovating an enitre room. How about a nifty computer tower. I love this. Also one of my all-time-favorite colors.

Man, I can't remember who does the toaster, but it reminds me of my first car:

1954 Chevy Belair

Yep, that was my first car. It was candy apple red with white trim. The interior had red carpeting and white vinyl seats with red piping. There was chrome everywhere. The windows were chopped. It was a sight to behold. Don't be jealous. ;) I'll post pictures of it someday soon. Funny story goes with it too. Oooo, I can't wait to dig those photos up now.

Ahah! It's a Dualit two slice toaster. Google is good.

This avocado knockout is my absolute favorite. Everything about it is what I want for my little hole/role/place. So many colors would compliment this piece, and I have so many colors in my kitchen. Hmmm, thinking I could use this as a motivation piece to start saving up for. I will have a 35th bday in say-oooh some 7 odd years.

Now let's take a look at kitchens as a whole (not hole) with the Elmira stoves. I've noticed that although they certainly have a vintage appearance, they don't always give off an overall retro feel once placed in their home.

Look how elegant this copper range is. I love copper, really I do.

This one definitely gives that country vibe. I bet grandma's got cookies in that one.

These two give a perfect visual for one of you that might ask,
"what kind of kitchen would they fit best in?"
Answer: ANY!
On the left, we have the expected 40s/50s style kitchen, obviously. Quite diner-esque, don't you think? As much as I love this style, it would get old after awhile. The right side, however, is so elegant and a little rustic all at the same time. This is what I think an Italian kitchen would look like. The windows in the cabinetry are lovely. I would love to have my dishes on display. I don't know...I think I'd get sick of this too.

And LOOK! I even found mommy&me photos. So awesome! My girls would probably play with their kitchen more if it looked just like mine. They're loving games that mimic life right now.
Wow, that's! Sheesh.
(Grace would love this one, Dani!)
Oh! One more thing:
I found a neato website that has "Retro Kitchen Design Sets". Very nice site, with amazing pics. Go see!


Rose Red said...

Love it all! My husband does the same thing to me.

In Bug's Drawers said...

This is a great post!! I love the vintage inspired ovens, when I am in the market for one I am buying that one!

Heavenly Housewife said...

In england we have a brand called smeg that does very very cool retro style fridges and stuff. Check it out, i know u will like it. Those ovens r so cute.