Outdated and outmoded kitchen equipment gets a whole second act in vacation houses and beach cottages, as I was reminded at a friend's farm over a cozy winter weekend.
Every drawer and cupboard yielded something from a past generation. White Ironstone dishes, plates and cups (shown here), represented a really popular piece of Americana kitchen culture until the advent of microwave ovens, which heated the Ironstone to scorching temperatures.
The counter displayed a set of colored cut-crystal cordial glasses from someone's great-aunt's trip to Vienna in 1963, and also oversize "free-form" wooden salad bowl and tossers from the early 1970s.
The Crock-pot was Brady Bunch avocado green, but more important, it was festooned with dancing mushrooms, the very emblem of the 1970s kitchen. Mauve ruffled "country" dish towels from the early 1980s completed the look.
There were macrame owls, another iconic 1970s decor theme.
The Betty Crocker cookbook on the counter participated in the wayback theme. It was open to a delightfully retro recipe from the 1950s. Check it out after the jump.