Here's another Armstrong kitchen by my favorite designer. This kitchen is bright and sunny but I was puzzled by why so little space even by the 1930s or early 1940s standard. Well in the enlarged picture I can see that the window's view is a city scape with skyscrapers. Obviously this must be a city apartment kitchen but how cleverly done with that glass brick wall! And then again...Is it safe?!
Well it's most certainly filled this tiny kitchen with light and I love natural light in any room but most especially my kitchen work space. Of course, you know the yellow kitchen drew my attention easily, especially combined with that orange toned wood cabinet and trim.
The fridge sits to the front left of this photo and then we have our breakfast area and perhaps our only dining space in this apartment. The delicate chrome chairs and table seem to float in front of that window wall and appear to visually take up no space at all. I love that the designer chose to use a different seat cover on each of those two chairs. The nearest appears to be a tawny gold color and the one backed against the wall is a rich persimmon red. That color is very effective against that yellow lino wall.
By the way, the floor, the walls, the ceiling and the decorative chickens on the stove wall are all linoleum. I think the countertop is too, but I do recall reading the ad copy and those chickens are off cut pieces of linoleum that are inlaid in the wall covering. I think they are very well done and ad a great deal to the room overall, and they most certainly set the color theme used.
Note the little stand next to the stove to store trays and baking sheets...and incidentally serving as a telephone stand as well. I adore that stove, the sheer size of it, the cover on top of the burners giving a flat work surface make it an asset even in such a small kitchen.
To the right I think we have our sink cabinet though I cannot see the sink even in the enlargement of the photo. That counter is so crowded with appliances that I can't tell if a sink is there or not but the bar height chair appears to indicate that it's the sink area. Remember that often chairs were placed near the sink for the ease of the homemaker in washing dishes or prepping produce at a sink. And the dish towels hanging off the end of that cabinet also seem to indicate that the sink is in that space.
I like this kitchen. I will warrant that the storage space is small and the work area snug but the bright cheery colors, the natural light and the overall country sophisticate look make me smile.
In my home this week:
I'll be busy. Caleb will be with me for some part of everyday except Monday this week. Katie's job is finally starting her in training. I'm glad of it.
Our weekend has been busy with various activities, family visits and such. I think this is going to be one of those weeks where we come to Monday and take a day off or at least are tempted to do so.
I know that Caleb and I will fall back into a routine easily enough. I think he's trying to give up that daily nap, but I feel all children need a quiet space to rest in every day whether or not they sleep. So I'm going to continue to put him down for at least an hour and a half after lunch every day. That's my plan...Hope he cooperates!
I videoed John's performance at the Coffee House ministry the other night and my phone protested the storage load. I figured out how to download the videos to my computer but now my computer is complaining of being overloaded...So I've been going through 15 years worth of pictures and such that I've saved in files and deleting all the too dark, fuzzy, over lighted, extra copies etc in an effort to free storage space. This is a long overdue task and that's truth. I also have family history files and images to print out and then I can delete those...So in all my spare moments this week I shall be working on this somewhat mammoth sized task. Perhaps I will make headway.
John insisted on moving all the living and dining room furnishings Friday while I was vacuuming so that room has had a nice deep vacuum. No need to tell him it wasn't the planned work zone, he was hefting the chairs and moving the tables and I just went ahead and vacuumed. I feel I've given the house a fair start towards autumn cleaning and other than airing blankets and winter bedcovers (it's been raining at some point every day), I'm going to call that good enough.
I had thought I might go out to shop for more fall decor items but so far I haven't and now that I'm keeping Caleb I likely won't. So I'll call that done, too.
If I get any time at all to work, I'm going to head out to my shed and try to get it orderly and clean once again. I shifted things back in Spring when we moved the dryer out there and I've not really put things in place properly since then. In fact, stuff is pretty much just shoved the shed just needs a tidy and a good blowing out with the blower. Done thank goodness! And I found my wreaths that I've used the past two or three years. They'll do another year...
I have paint to paint the stars I had on the door of my shed. If it's not raining, perhaps I can get that little job done and rehang them. I liked looking out to see the stars on my door and would like to rehang them.
I'd still like to work on cleaning the front porch railings and certainly could take time to clean the outside of the back porch rails but that depends on what hours I have Caleb at the beginning of the week. Thursday and Friday will be fulltime days for keeping him, so anything extra I do will truly be bonus tasks.
If I can slip away this week I might make a run over to the discount grocery for two reasons: mums galore and curiosity over what might be in the reduced price produce section. But mostly because of the mums. I'd like to put a few pots of mums around the porches. The plants are all lovely still but mums would just be a touch of fall for outdoors.
This week I want to go through one set of my cupboards to see if there are any things I might pull out to incorporate into our food supply for the week. If I find a substantial amount it will be a Gathering Fragments post but it may prove to be like last week and there be nothing much...So we shall see. It's good to keep a clear idea of what you have.
I have freezer room now, so I think I'll try and make Bagels in the early part of the week. I won't have Caleb until later in the day on Tuesday and Wednesday. I should be able to get bagels made and baked without him underfoot during the first three days.
I've been thinking about meals all through the weekend. What we'd like to eat, what I need to use, etc. I really do look forward to cooking this time of year!
Gramma's Fried Chicken, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes
Sausage and Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Waldorf Salad
Leftover Roast Chicken with Vegetables, Stuffing, Peach Salad
Cauliflower Au Gratin, Peas with Mushrooms, Green Salad with Pears, Dried Cranberries and Walnuts
Red Beans and Rice, Cornbread, Slaw
Chicken Pot Pie, Salad
Leisure and Personal:
It's unlikely I'll get time to do genealogy but my plans are to read and read and read. I have my October vintage magazines out, and I've plenty of books and interest enough in reading at present to forge ahead in reading.
Go over my wardrobe and set up a few outfits. I've yet to do this for September because it's such a transitional month for us. Indoors is often chilly in most places, outdoors is too warm. I've loved wearing a monochromatic khaki/loden green combination, but I need to have more outfits at the ready with accessories and all.
Try to put on a minimal makeup look each day. I don't want to go all the way with makeup every day but I'm so weary of looking in the mirror and seeing a tired face peering back at me. I can surely do something to make me appear at least pleasant looking. It will be a good time too to play about with the makeup I have and see if I can come up with a new fresh look suited to autumn.