Remember long ago I told you that in my first big girl house I owned on Chappaquiddick and gut renovated, I designed the coolest fabbest kitchen I could afford:
White Melamine cabinets with round brass knobs
Formica “butcher block” counter tops
Red Kohler sink
I found proof. Old photos that I’ve scanned, making their presence on the blog grainy, but proof still of the kitchen I told you all about.
Here’s a photo of the night I had a Housewarming Party and wow, from the looks of all the booze piled on the counter, the guests had a pretty good time, especially considering afterwards they had to navigate the winding roads back to the Chappy Ferry, home to Edgartown or beyond.
Note my cool giant
KHL [corrected by Cobra, thanks to KLH] speakers!
The third photo must have been taken much later – the fridge is covered in photos, out of focus, sorry, but it gives you a good sense of the place. I loved this house, bought for $60k, with maybe close to $60k into it make it winterized (ie adding heat since it was a summer cottage when I bought it), and I added a second story – there was already a screened porch but I redid it. Downstairs, the house had a big living room, a nice dining room, two bedrooms, one I used as a TV room/den, one a guest room, a full bathroom, then the master bedroom and bath were the only things on the second floor, with a killer view of the ocean.
The stackable washer and dryer were behind the doors next to the fridge. I had everything I needed.
Now I look at this house and I see timeless. It doesn’t seem terribly 1977 to my eyes. No avocado appliances. Yes, no one uses faux butcher block anymore and when I watch HGTV House Hunters, shoppers are aghast at something like a red sink and no one wants melamine cabinets, but for a gal on a budget, I was pretty happy camper. Life was so good. On my own, like Mary Tyler Moore, meeting and making some of the best friends of my lifetime, my own home – darn. Lucky me.
Looking up in the sky this morning, expecting doom and gloom from José as was forecasted, all I see is bright blue skies, not a drop of rain – and based on the forecast, I postponed my trip to Wilmington. Win some. Lose some.
Happy Tuesday one and all. Anyone else have a kitchen like this in the 70s?