Tour this sweet vintage kitchen for a blast from the past. This Los Angeles couple successfully accumulated hard-to-find vintage appliances for this rose-hued retro kitchen.
|Lynette Lewis remembers the moment as if it were yesterday: She and her husband, Bill Akey, were walking home when something caught her eye in an apartment window. “It was a pink stove,” she recalls, “I said, ‘I must have that stove.’” Lynette later called the building’s manager in hopes of making a deal; he asked her to call back. This scenario repeated itself 11 more times until, one year later, the building owner offered her the range, a 1950s Western Holly replete with broiler, rotisserie, timer, and fan, all in fine working order.|
In this photo: Key details give this kitchen a refreshing edge: a stainless-steel island that doubles as a prep table and no-nonsense linoleum floor tiles in a classic checkerboard pattern.
Vintage Stacked Ovens
|Not long after that, on her way to drop off her son Noah at kindergarten, Lynette spied stacked ovens — also pink, also Western Holly — left out on the street. “If they’re still here when I get home from work, it was meant to be,” she thought with a sigh. Well, they were, and it was. What’s more, all that those ovens needed was a little re-chroming at Los Angeles’|
Bright Idea: Collecting small kitchen appliances is a good way to learn whether you can live with a particular color.
Vintage Can Opener
|Lynette is an avid collector, and after several successful flea-market jaunts, all sorts of retro appliances came her way, including a pink toaster, a pink radio, and a Handy Hannah electric knife sharpener. Today her kitchen is completely rosy.|
In this photo: Mix Master rests near the Can-O-Mat, whose original box touts it as “The Most Beautiful Can Opener Ever Made.”
|This comforting shade of pink was quite popular with kitchen-appliance manufacturers in the 1950s. “Pink is a very soothing color,” Lynette says, adding, “in those days, people were very serious about having fun!”|
In this photo: The side-by-side oven-broiler set that started it all.
Retro Kitchen Table
|Lynette and Bill reupholstered the chairs of their chrome dinette set in pink Naugahyde with gray piping. Further proof that Lynette is a magnet for astounding good luck: Formica’s original Boomerang pattern (it’s no longer available) was reissued just long enough to re-cover the table.|
The pink plates, by Crown Corning , were a flea-market find.
|Walking into her kitchen gives Lynette an instant lift. “It’s especially fun in the morning, when it’s bright, and you think, ‘How seriously can you take life when people used to make all these appliances in pink?’”|
In this photo: Jack, the family dog, waits expectantly by the fridge, a brand-new one made to look retro — and custom painted — by Elmira Stove Works in Ontario.