Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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And what does a restoration cost? At the low end, it can be $3,000, but complicated projects, such as ranges with many burners and four ovens, can cost as much as $30,000, he notes. "If a designer or homeowner can't wait to have an appli- ance restored, we may have a few items that have already been restored and are available for immediate shipment," he adds. Antique Appliances also has an inventory of items not yet restored. Those, as well as examples of restored appliances ranging from the Victorian era to the 1950s, can be viewed on the firm's website, Big Chill has seen success with its ever-expanding line of vintage-inspired appliances that look the part, while boasting EAST COAST RETRO Retro isn't just a West Coast and Midwest passion. It's mak- ing serious inroads on the East Coast as well. In New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, for example, Terry Stewart convinced a client to go retro with art deco when she asked him to help make over her kitchen, "After all, her apartment was in an art deco building with genre-specific trim, fixtures and hardware," he explains. "And I love working with this style. It's glamorous and mixes well with other looks. In this kitchen, art deco elements include lacquered, curved cabinets, a gleaming metal backsplash and a black-and-green-patterned linoleum floor. But the appliances are decidedly up-to-the-minute, while the walls are mid centu- ry pistachio green, and the table and chairs are 1960s-inspired diner style. This kitchen has become the client's favorite room in the apartment." In Frederick, MD, the owner of an old townhouse knew she wanted the look of the 1940s-1950s when she remodeled her kitchen, but she realized she needed professional design help. Enter Meredith Ericksen, who came up with a new layout and all the details of the design. "The client had her heart set on a turquoise retro range from Big Chill," tells Ericksen, "so that became the focal point of the space. I repeated the turquoise in wide bands of tile on the wall. Then the rest of the kitchen became the backdrop. "We added orange, a favorite color in retro-style places, such as pendant lighting, and in the kitchen accessories that the client had collected for years. And I was happy that we were able to tuck a little breakfast nook by the window," adds Ericksen. VINTAGE APPLIANCES Often a retro fan is born when he or she comes across a vintage refrigerator or range, explains John Jowers, head of Antique Appliances in Clayton, GA. "But that appliance will almost certainly need restoration," he admits. "That's where we come in. But a word of caution," he continues. "Every component, inside and out, is restored, and deteriorating wiring replaced. This can be a time-consum- ing process, and we're usually booked out for 18 to 24 months for gas stoves, 30 to 36 months for refrigerators and 12 months for electric stoves." White appliances were au courant in the mid 1900s. Here, green tile and yellow walls continue the retro vibe. Big Chill's vintage-inspired appliance line includes dishwashers and microwaves, conveniences even retro lovers don't want to be without. Photos: Courtesy of Big Chill October 2018 • 65

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