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Heart of the Home

A kitchen built in 1864 is opened up to become the center of the house.

Host Joan Kohn tours the renovated kitchen of Lynn Deutschman's historical home built in 1864. Walls were moved, stairways opened up and rooms assigned new functions to create a more open space with easy circulation. It is the heart of the home and the favorite gathering place.

  • The kitchen is divided into three separate functional areas: the breakfast nook, which opens onto the gathering room; the central cooking kitchen, filled with functional antiques; and the butler's pantry, which stores china and provides extra work and serving space for entertaining.

  • The kitchen has an Old World look with individual furniture pieces like a pine hutch and pine secretary used for storage, a trestle table for the island, a glass-front refrigerator and green hand-stenciled cabinets.
  • Most of the antique utensils and items on display in the kitchen, like the ceramic canister set, wooden bowls, wire baskets and copper pots, are both decorative and functional.

  • The wide-plank floors were distressed and sealed for a practical, informal look.
  • The breakfast nook has a large bay window that expands the space and brightens the room. A long, narrow English trestle table encourages intimacy with fellow diners.

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