A Retro Kitchen in Chicago

Check out a modern Chicago kitchen with a retro twist.

yellow kitchen with parquet floor
Ellen McDermott
Designer Mick de Guilio created the kitchen that never was: An early 20th-century kitchen with the latest appliances.
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yellow kitchen with parquet floor
Ellen McDermott
Yellow Kitchen

The walnut floor, hand-scraped to give it even more character, changes to a chevron pattern in the adjoining breakfast room. The same yellow paint, 's HC10, unifies both rooms.

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black and white tile blackspash
Ellen McDermott

Simple one-inch squares of black and white tiles make a graphic backsplash behind the range. The recessed opening, defined by a pencil detail, acts as a convenient shelf for condiments.

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kitchen island
Ellen McDermott

The microwave is tucked unobtrusively into the kitchen island.

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bamboo island top
Ellen McDermott

The island is topped with durable end-grain bamboo, which is not only resistant to scratches and moisture, but is a quickly renewable natural resource.

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pantry doors in chicago kitchen of the month
Ellen McDermott
Pantry Doors
All the clutter of the kitchen is hidden behind closed doors.
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kitchen pantry
Ellen McDermott

All the clutter of the kitchen is hidden behind closed doors, which open to reveal an expansive pantry. The drawers are constructed out of the same honey-colored pine as the island. Pull-out willow baskets hold fruit and vegetables.

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