A beloved family cabin gets a “rustic retro” facelift

Nestled in the lushly forested area of Roberts Creek in British Columbia, Canada, the “Cheeky” Cabin features an eclectic mix of styles and motifs anchored by a retro style kitchen designed by the Emerge Design team.

The cabin, part of a larger property, was an addition to the ‘Sandy Castle’ cabin, which was constructed in 1943 by the homeowner’s grandparents. Over the years – various parts of the property were passed down to members of the homeowner’s family, and in 1989, her parents renovated the Sandy Castle cabin and added a separate garage, which became the Cheeky Cabin.

The original decor in the cabin was very dark and had lots of antiques as the centerpiece. The homeowner was looking to transform the cabin into a fresh and bright space while still maintaining the cozy cabin feel. The goal was to lift the mood in the room and make the cabin a welcoming, enjoyable retreat for any season.

In order to revamp the unique home, the design team took their cue from the homeowner’s diverse style. Her openness to different colors and themes gave the designers lots of options when it came to creating the kitchen.

“We were very inspired by our client’s fun, adventurous spirit and curiosity for life, which set the tone for the design process,” said kitchen designer, Gwyntie Van Tuyl.  “We found a vintage stove and then decided to build the kitchen around that using Elmira’s retro style appliances. To complement the existing color palette, we chose Northstar appliances in Robin’s Egg blue, which really brought the whole look together while adding a wonderful pop of color.”

The project was a true collaboration with the owner and showcased her approach to style in a fresh and unexpected way. Says Gwyntie, “We took our time when designing the cabin, which was completed in less than a year. The focus was on having a good time, and the final result reflects that.”

The end result was a cabin that artfully mixed 50s style with rustic cabin style. Adds Gwyntie, “We love the Robin Egg’s Blue Northstar appliances that we used to create a beautiful retro feel in this amazing spot, and the homeowner was thrilled!”

Incorporate Elmira Stove Works appliances into your kitchen design renderings! Elmira Northstar and Antique appliances are catalogued on the 2020 Design 3D CAD cloud platform. 

Retro Recipes Meet Their Modern Cousins

One of the best parts of summer is cooking delicious food with your family and friends. Everyone has their favorite go-to recipes, some of which may be generations old. The best part of these retro recipes is that – in many cases – modern updates are available that are just as tasty. This summer, you can impress everyone at your party with these traditional favorites or their present-day counterparts!


Appetizers

One of our favorite traditional appetizer recipes is for tortilla pinwheels. These fun looking cheese-filled treats are easy to prepare and are always a hit at any gathering.


Tortilla Pinwheels

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, well drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Seasoned salt to taste
  • 5 flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • Salsa, optional


Directions

  • Beat cream cheese, shredded cheese and sour cream until blended. Stir in olives, green chilies, green onions and seasonings
  • Spread over tortillas; roll up tightly. Wrap each roll in plastic, twisting ends to seal; refrigerate for several hours
  • Unwrap. Cut into 1/2 to 1/4 inch slices, using a serrated knife. If desired, serve with salsa.

A delectable modern take on this recipe is ham-and-cheese pinwheels with a brown sugar glaze. These savory appetizers will remind you of a gourmet Hot Pocket!


Hot Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Ingredients

  • 1 can Pillsburyrefrigerated Classic Pizza Crust
  • 3/4 lb. deli ham (thinly sliced, but not shaved)
  • 12 slices Swiss Cheese (thinly sliced)

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Unroll the pizza dough onto a cutting board and press into approximately a 13×18 rectangle. Top with ham and cheese slices. Starting on the longer side of the rectangle, roll up the edge tightly. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is face down. Cut into 12 slices, approximately 1 inch wide. Arrange in prepared baking dish.
  • Next combine the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and poppy seeds in a sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk until the butter is melted and the glaze is smooth and combined. Pour evenly over the rolls.
  • Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours, or bake uncovered for 25 minutes until golden brown.


Casseroles

Casseroles can make a wonderful addition to any summer party. They’re easy to make and great to share with large groups. A favorite traditional casserole is tuna noodle.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat, reduced-sodium condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 cups cooked yolk-free wide noodles
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 can (6 ounces) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine soup and milk until smooth. Add the noodles, peas, tuna and pimientos; mix well.
  • Pour into a 1-1/2 qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Toss bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over the top. Bake 5 minutes longer or until golden brown.


A modern take on tuna noodle casserole eliminates the soup from the dish. All of the ingredients in this recipe are fresher, making it a little more time-consuming to make, but the end result is scrumptious.

Grown-Up Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ingredients

  • Butter, to grease pan
  • 12 ounces fusilli pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup minced shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3-1/2ups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 2 5-ounce cans chunk light tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup thinly-sliced kale or spinach
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley, to top (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 2-1/2 or 3 quart casserole dish and set aside.
  • Cook pasta until al dente in a large pot of boiling water. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms and shallots, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until shallots are translucent and mushrooms begin to soften. Add garlic and continue cooking for 1 additional minute. Slowly pour in wine, lower heat to medium-low and cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  • Add flour to pan and stir well to ensure all mushrooms are coated. Increase heat to high and slowly pour in milk, bringing mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring to avoid sticking or clumping, until milk begins to thicken and starts to look more like a sauce, about 4 minutes
  • In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, parmesan cheese, capers, tuna, sour cream, kale (or spinach), thyme, salt and pepper. Pour the creamy mushroom sauce into bowl and stir to coat all ingredients. Transfer mixture to prepared casserole dish and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Sprinkle in breadcrumbs and cook until fragrant and slightly toasty, 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle crispy breadcrumbs over top of casserole and bake for 20 minutes, or until top is light brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle chopped parsley on top. Serve hot. Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days. This casserole also freezes beautifully.

Roast

The old fashioned pot roast is a traditional recipe staple that’s simple to prepare, and easy on the taste buds too.

Old Fashioned Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 3 lbs.)
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 celery rib, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces


Directions

  • Sprinkle roast with 1 tablespoon flour. In a Dutch oven, brown roast on all sides in half of the butter. Add water, bouillon, onion, celery, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add carrots; cover and simmer 45-60 minutes longer, or until meat is tender. Transfer meat and carrots to a serving platter and keep warm. Strain cooking juices; set aside.
  • In the same Dutch oven, melt remaining butter. Stir in remaining flour; cook and stir until bubbly. Add 2 cups of the cooking juices and blend until smooth. Cook and stir until thickened; add additional cooking juices until gravy has desired consistency.

This updated roast recipe will make a regular appearance at the dinner table. Rather than the traditional pot roast, baked in an oven, this roast is grilled with a delicious seasoning and rosemary chimichurri sauce.

Pepper Crusted Grill-Roasted Beef with Rosemary Chimichurri

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 2-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2-1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 lb. boneless beef top loin roast, fat trimmed to 1/4 inch


Rosemary Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1/4 cup grapeseed or canola oil
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 tbs. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs. minced garlic, mashed to a paste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Directions

  • In a small bowl, mash oil, rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic with the back of a spoon. Rub all over beef and refrigerate for at least 12, and up to 24 hours.
  • Heat all burners on a gas grill to medium low. A thermometer resting on the grill grate should register about 450 degrees with the lid down – or you should be able to comfortably hold your hand a couple of inches above the grill for 3 or 4 seconds. If hotter than this, lower heat on burners slightly. Brush grill grates with a stiff wire brush and then wipe with a lightly oiled wad of paper towels.
  • Set beef on grill, cover, and cook until it’s nicely browned and easily releases from the grates, 5 to 10 minutes. Watch carefully during this stage. If a flare-up occurs, move the meat away from flames until they die down. If necessary, squirt flames with a little water to quench them.
  • Transfer meat to a cutting board and let cool for 10 minutes. Thinly slice and serve with chimichurri.
  • Chimichurri sauce: Heat oil and rosemary in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until rosemary is aromatic, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk vinegar and garlic. Whisk in rosemary oil and 1/4 cup water. Then stir in parsley, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. black pepper (don’t worry if the emulsion separates). Season to taste with more salt and pepper.


Side Dish

Side dishes can make or break a meal! Our favorite retro side dish is this sweet-tart cucumber salad.

Sweet-Tart Cucumber Salad 

Ingredients

  • 10 pickling cucumbers or 3 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced


Directions

  • Place cucumbers in a colander over a plate; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt and toss. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain.
  • In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, celery seed, pepper and remaining salt until blended. In a large bowl, combine cucumbers and onions. Pour dressing over cucumber mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours before serving.

This newer take on cucumber salad adds some unexpected elements for a refreshing, mouth-watering dish.

Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 large English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbs. fresh dill, chopped (or 1 tsp. dried)


Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp. za’atar (or 1 tsp. oregano)


Directions

  • In a small, mix together the ingredients for the dressing, set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the cucumber, chickpeas, red onion, parsley, mint and dill.
  • Drizzle with desired amount of dressing and toss to combine.


Dessert

No meal is quite the same without dessert! A classic dessert that reminds us of days gone by is mincemeat trifle. This sweet treat features layers of custard and mincemeat, topped with cream.

Mincemeat Trifle

Ingredients

  • 6 large yolks
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cup prepared mincemeat
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10 ounces)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tbs. confectioners’ sugar
  • Red and green candied cherries, optional


Directions

  • In a saucepan, combine egg yolks, milk, sugar, lemon zest and salt until blended. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, combine mincemeat and lemon juice. Tear cake into 1-inch cubes; place a third of the cake in a trifle bowl or 2-qt. serving bowl. Top with a third of the custard and half of the mincemeat. Repeat layers. Top with remaining custard.
  • In a bowl, beat cream and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form; spread over custard. Garnish with cherries, if desired. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.


Mincemeat trifle has inspired many modern adaptations. This version of the traditional trifle uses fresh blueberries and lemon pudding to create a light, summery treat.

Lemon and Blueberry Trifle

Ingredients

  • 1 block (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 boxes (3.4 oz. each) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk brought to room temperature
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
  • Angel food cake (2 loaves or 1 tube cake), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 pints (3-4 cups) fresh blueberries
  • Sliced lemon, for garnish (optional)


Directions

  • Beat cream cheese and pudding mix together until smooth. Slowly add room temperature milk until smooth. Fold in 2 cups of whipped topping.
  • In a 3-quart bowl, layer 1/3 cake, 1/3 pudding and 1/3 blueberries. Repeat layers two more times. Garnish with whipped topping and lemons.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve.

While many of these classic recipes remain family favorites, the updated renditions offer an enticing “variation on a theme”. We challenge you to try each of these retro recipes and their modern counterparts and let us know which version you prefer!

How to Achieve a Health(ier) Kitchen

Every day, more research is being conducted on how our environment affects our health. According to The University of Minnesota, our environment can encourage or discourage interaction with others, influence behavior and motivation, affect mood, and create or reduce stress. The same goes for our kitchen environment. Because of the amount of time we spend there, maintaining a healthy kitchen should be a priority in every home for the sake of increased health and well-being. Follow these steps to create your own healthy kitchen.

Go Fresh & Organic
The first step in achieving a healthy kitchen is to be mindful of the food that you put into your body. As knowledge about the harm some pesticides and chemicals can cause becomes more accessible, it’s easier to make better – and safer – food choices. This means stocking your kitchen with organic, fresh foods like grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, and fewer processed foods. An abundance of healthy recipes can be found on social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram.

Open It Up
Properly utilizing available space is one of the most important aspects of a healthy kitchen. Because kitchens are the center of the home, they should promote activity and socialization. The Global Wellness Summit says, “Open floor plans, kitchen islands, and other design elements that encourage communal activities have been a staple of modern kitchens for years.” When utilized in the kitchen, these elements not only allow more space for cooking, but also provide optimal room for seating so that everyone can take part in conversation and meal preparation.

Let the Sun Shine
Natural lighting provides benefits that artificial lighting can’t. In fact, a study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology reports that natural lighting can boost productivity, especially important if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Incorporating as much natural light as possible in your kitchen, whether it be from windows or skylights, will not only open up the space but also make it easier to grow your own fresh herbs in a kitchen garden – another contributor to good health.

Color Your World
Color has the power to impact our behavior, mood and motivation, making it important to take into consideration the colors used in the kitchen. A warm and welcoming space that will encourage socialization and reduce stress is the goal. White helps a kitchen look clean and rejuvenating whereas gray and lighter shades of blue will make a kitchen space feel cool and comfortable. Red is intense and known to boost energy, while yellow is a positive color that can evoke feelings of hope and happiness. Green has a calming effect and can relieve stress.

Consider using accent colors to balance out the primary color used in the kitchen space. A great way to do this is by adding colorful appliances. Retro- and antique-inspired appliances from Elmira Stove Works come in a range of standard hues along with more than 1,000 custom colors, and are a great way to make a statement in any style of kitchen. 

A healthy kitchen designed with wellness principles in mind will not only improve your mood and energy but will also make time spent in the kitchen more enjoyable for you and your friends and family. After all, a healthy kitchen is a happy kitchen.

Seeing Double – A cabin on Canada’s Lake Simcoe brings home vintage style

A Toronto-based couple wanted a place to escape the hustle and bustle of their busy city lives. They chose to build a getaway retreat on scenic Lake Simcoe, located an hour north of the city.

It was important that the home have a cozy, welcoming feel while also providing a space that could accommodate and entertain guests, including the homeowners’ large extended families. Offering rustic good looks and unassuming charm, a log home fit the bill.


Upstairs, Downstairs

Because the couple entertains often, they decided it made sense for the home to have two kitchens – a personal kitchen situated on the main level and a second kitchen on the lower level for hosting friends and family. That way, visitors could congregate in the lower level, where they could enjoy the patio, pool and lake. It was also important that the kitchens feel like they were part of the nearby spaces, which was accomplished via an open floorplan.

Kevin Swart of Chervin Kitchen & Bath designed the kitchens. He selected vintage-style appliances from Elmira Stove Works for both kitchens, which served as the foundation for the kitchen design. The appliances not only bring character to the spaces but are also able to handle the demands of frequent social gatherings.

Ready for Action

In the lower level kitchen, a large three-tiered island offers ample space for preparing and serving food and libations when the couple’s families come together.

Cabinetry in a woodsy green complements the brick walls, quartz countertops and Northstar retro-inspired appliances in Buttercup Yellow. To avoid overpowering the appliances, Swart chose accents that would add just the right touch of flair – custom corbels (decorative supports) on the island, decorative nails on doors and drawers, and ‘X’ motif crown moulding and roping. A hammered copper farmhouse sink adds warmth and helps to tie together the different design components.

Take Two

The main-level kitchen evokes a more traditional Old World feeling. Soft blue cabinetry is topped once again by ‘X’ moulding, which is backlit around the entire perimeter of the kitchen for added ambiance. Antique copper hardware along with vintage pitchers and jars are accentuated by unexpected elements such as pull down window shades with a trompe l’oeil olive grove.

Elmira Stove Works antique appliances in Bisque provide a subtle contrast to the earthy wood tones in the kitchen and surrounding living area. The large French door refrigerator features Antique Copper trim and offers plenty of space to store food. Because the range is self-ventilating, there was no need for a traditional ventilation hood. Instead, Swart designed a custom shelving unit that enables the homeowners to showcase personal items.

The Lake Simcoe cabin is a great example of how vintage appliances can be used to create distinctive looks that work with a range of design styles; and how a home owner, log home builder, kitchen design company and appliance retailer can collaborate on a unique and innovative project. The home was built by True North Log Homes. All appliances were sourced from and delivered by TA Appliances & Barbecues out of Mississauga.

Incorporate Elmira Stove Works appliances into your kitchen design renderings! Elmira Northstar and Antique appliances are catalogued on the 2020 Design 3D CAD cloud platform. 

Transform Your Kitchen from Ordinary to Stunning With Vintage Finds

Vintage and re-purposed items have become increasingly popular in today’s homes. Mementos and keepsakes remind us of simpler, less hectic times. Plus, finding a new use for old items extends their life and contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle. From a style perspective, incorporating vintage items into a home’s interior can spice up living areas and create an eye-catching – and uniquely inviting – space.

Here are some easy ways to bring the charm of days gone by into your kitchen…

Utilitarian Beauty. Decorating with brand new items can quickly add up if you’re not careful. Instead, why not utilize vintage finds that can do double duty as decor items and functional kitchen pieces? Cutting boards are a great example. Antique cutting boards can be found in a variety of styles, including wood, copper and stone. Other great multi-purpose items include tea kettles, serving trays, pots and jars. These vintage finds can bring extra pizazz into your kitchen while also earning their keep.

Cozy Collectibles. From china and ceramic cups and dishes to glassware and canisters, collectibles can infuse a dose of character and charm into your kitchen. Whether you opt for a full collection, just a few items, or an eclectic mix, you will have an instant conversation starter. Be as creative as you want – the options are limited only by your imagination.

Cheerful Hand Towels. Doing dishes may be a chore, but the task becomes a lot more fun when you can dry your dishes in style! Vintage hand towels offer a simple way to incorporate different colors, patterns and themes into your kitchen in small doses – without overwhelming the space. And, they can easily be switched out according to the season or occasion.

Alluring Artwork. Decorating with vintage art is an easy way to bring some added flair to a kitchen. Try arranging several old paintings – or antique road signs or store signs – on an accent wall to create a striking backdrop. Round out the look with touches such as vintage lighting fixtures and hand-crafted woodwork to give your kitchen the perfect balance of old and new.

Versatile Appliances: Retro- and antique-inspired kitchen appliances can provide an excellent focal point around which to design your kitchen. Appliances in neutral tones provide a great foundation for the many different textures, patterns and colors that vintage finds offer. Or opt for brighter colored appliances to infuse some vibrance and cheer into your kitchen.

Whether your kitchen design is classic, farmhouse, transitional or more contemporary, don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to vintage items. Regardless of the era they come from, vintage pieces create a familiar, welcoming feel and endless style. Check out 1890s- and 1950s-inspired appliances that can take your kitchen to the next level!

When it comes to kitchen design, take it personally

It’s funny how people always seem to crave styles from the past – kitchens are no exception. People have been remodeling their kitchens for decades, and some of the most popular themed choices are 1950s retro as well as turn-of-the-century vintage. These themes have become an important staple in interior design. However, they’re more than simply retro or antique – they’re an expression of one’s unique personality and style.

During the past ten years, kitchen styles have expanded to encompass a multitude of design preferences: from subtle and understated to bold and colorful. Whatever the style, retro and antique style appliances won’t be pigeon-holed. In fact, these versatile appliances lend themselves to just about any kitchen design style that can be envisioned. Following are some of our favorite examples.

Traditional Style: A traditional kitchen offers a unique yet significant benefit – it’s timeless. In this kitchen style, the design relies upon classic elements that have withstood the test of time. The design typically incorporates lots of interesting details, such as arches, raised-panel cabinet fronts, decorative moldings and antique finishes. The kitchen above artfully combines an 1890’s inspired range paired with brickwork, wood paneling and flooring, a dramatic Tiffany light fixture, along with vintage style accessories and artwork to create a functional and distinctive space.

Transitional Style: The transitional kitchen style is defined by a mix of traditional and contemporary styles, with the use of eclectic additions to round out the design. Think a new take on an old classic, or a younger, more energetic version of traditional design. The retro style appliances in Mint Green are perfectly in place in this transitional kitchen, providing an unexpected and refreshing pop of color that complements the rustic-themed decor. Clean-lined countertops, retro style bar stools and weathered elements all come together in harmony to create a statement-making space.

Coastal Style: The coastal kitchen style takes us back psychologically to a quieter, safer time, serving up thoughts of the seaside and relaxation. While incorporating an antique style appliance isn’t the first thing that typically comes to mind when designing a coastal/nautical-themed kitchen, this approach works surprisingly well in the kitchen above. The juxtaposition of an 1890’s inspired range in bold Cayenne Pepper Red against the soft cream cabinetry provides a dramatic counterpoint and introduces a welcoming, whimsical feel.

Contemporary Style: Today’s contemporary kitchens utilize crisp, clean-lined surfaces, understated embellishments, unfussy fixtures and hardware, and lots of natural light to create a fresh, minimalist look that is soothing in its simplicity. Don’t let the streamlined appearance fool you though. A contemporary kitchen can be made just as warm and inviting as other kitchen styles through the introduction of color – witness how the blue subway tile backsplash and retro style fridge in Tropical Blue bring this cheerful kitchen to life.

Ready to add retro or antique elements to your kitchen to create your own signature design style? Get inspired by building your dream kitchen with Elmira’s Northstar and Antique appliance visualizers!

Swimming in a Sea of Color

In December, The Pantone Institute announced its 2019 Color of the Year, the hue the color experts believe will be front and center in home decor and fashion during the coming year. This year’s color of choice is Living Coral, which – according to Pantone – is a “vibrant, yet mellow hue that offers warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in a continually shifting environment. The nurturing color appears in natural surroundings while also representing the fusion of modern life and embodying the desire for playful expression.”

The Perfect Splash

While Living Coral is not for the faint of heart, there are many subtle ways to incorporate this inviting hue into your home.

Small pops of Living Coral can brighten and energize a space without overwhelming it. For example, consider adding a couple of throw pillows, candles, a throw blanket, or a piece of art in the sunny hue to infuse any room with an uplifting vibe. More adventurous spirits might opt to showcase the color in dining room chairs, a colorful side table or a painted accent wall.

Get Cooking

Another great place to bring in a pop of color is the kitchen. Lately, color has been making its way back into kitchens – from cabinetry to appliances and everything in between. Introducing small appliances, mugs and dinnerware in Living Coral is an easy upgrade that will deliver an extra dose of personality and charm.

Ready to make a bolder statement? Then, consider adding a retro fridge or range in Living Coral – or, even an entire suite of appliances. There’s no better way to bring new life to your kitchen!

The complete line of Elmira’s retro-styled Northstar appliances, including refrigerators, ranges, range hoods and splashbacks, microwaves and dishwashers, can be ordered in Living Coral as a custom option.

If Living Coral isn’t your cup of tea, the Northstar line is also offered in nine “not so standard” colors, including Candy Red, Robin’s Egg Blue, Mint Green, Buttercup Yellow, Tropical Blue, Black, White, Bisque and Quicksilver.

Kick off your year in style with Northstar appliances! Check out all of our inspiring options.

An Outdated Kitchen Gets a Makeover – and New Life – With the Help of Northstar Appliances

Today’s kitchens have evolved beyond showcasing a single design style. Instead they focus on an artful mix of style, comfort, ease and technology to provide a personal, one-of-a-kind experience.

For this design feature, we are showcasing a great example of retro, midcentury appliances being used in a more contemporary kitchen setting to create a visually stunning look with plenty of high performance functionality.


Something Old, Something New

When homeowner Whitney Anderson and her husband bought their home in Alberta, Canada, it was filled with original design elements from the 1990s, and was very much in need of a renovation. They agreed that the first project they would tackle was redesigning the kitchen to make better use of the space.

 

The goal of the remodel was threefold: 1) enlarge the kitchen by removing an existing wall, 2) make the kitchen more functional, and 3) create a relaxed, coastal feeling – all with the aim of creating the couple’s dream kitchen. Once the layout was finalized and the electrical was installed, transformation of the kitchen began.

The first order of business was to select the appliances. The homeowners wanted to add fun, interesting elements to their kitchen and ended up choosing the Elmira Stove Works Northstar collection in Robin’s Egg Blue.

According to Anderson, who is a member of the team at Wolf Creek Cabinets in Alberta, “We wanted the appliances to have the largest visual impact in the kitchen, so we designed everything else around them. The idea was to make the other elements beautiful, but not too busy, as we didn’t want them to compete with the appliances.”


A Balanced Design

Next on the agenda was adding new wood cabinetry in a darker shade to bring the kitchen out of the past and give it a more contemporary look. Cabinets in colors such as dark brown, slate or black can  make a dramatic statement. These hues can also create a more functional kitchen, as darker cabinetry requires less maintenance and won’t show wear and tear as easily as white or lighter wood cabinets.

In this case, the darker cabinets provided a counterpoint to the vibrant pop of color from the appliances, resulting in an eye-catching design that wasn’t overwhelming.

Adds Anderson, “We’re really glad we chose the Northstar appliances because they are truly beautiful and we plan on keeping them for a long time. We felt they were a better investment than standard, stainless steel appliances, which are functional but not nearly as interesting.”

Other elements included the addition of quartz countertops, a herringbone backsplash and wood flooring in cooler tones that complement the cabinetry, along with new, more contemporary light fixtures.

Anderson says the new kitchen has changed the way her family lives. “We went from spending time in separate rooms to being together in the kitchen, which has become our new gathering space. I am happy we took on the challenge. The space is beautiful, unique and will suit our needs for many years to come.”

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Timeless Thanksgiving Recipes from Elmira Stove Works Fans

Just in time for the holidays, we wanted to share some of our social media followers’ favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

But, first, following are a few tips that will go a long way in making sure your Thanksgiving bird is the talk of the table!

Most people follow great grandma’s recipe – buy a huge turkey, stuff if, put it in a roasting pan, cook it to 190 degrees, tent it, cut the breast in horizontal slices. But, that’s not the way to get a tender, sumptuous turkey!

  1. Instead of cooking one 25 pound turkey, opt for two 15 pounders. Big turkeys, by definition, end up in a combination of meat that is barely done, and meat that is very overdone. Going smaller can result in juicier and more tender meat.
  2. Resist the urge to cook your stuffing inside the turkey. By the time the stuffing is safe to consume, the breasts will be the consistency of cardboard. Instead, cook your stuffing in muffin pans. Everyone will get perfectly done “stuffins.”
  3. If you set your turkey down into the roasting pan, the breasts will cook much faster than the thighs. For an evenly cooked turkey, set the turkey on a rack just above the pan with a bit of water to catch your gravy drippings.
  4. Once the turkey is done, don’t tent it with foil. You’ve worked hard to get a nice crispy skin – tenting the bird will cause the skin to turn mushy… no one likes that!
  5. When you’re ready to serve the turkey, scoop the breasts out and cross-cut them so that everyone gets the perfect mix of crispy skin and white meat.

Now, on to the recipes. These mouth-watering dishes are sure to make any Thanksgiving gathering memorable!

(Click on each image below to enlarge the recipe.)

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

“Let’s Do the Time Warp” – The Artful Blending of Kitchen Styles

Interior design and kitchen styles have come a long way from what they used to be – from the Renaissance style of the 15th and 16th centuries to the Victorian style of the 1800’s, and then to more modern styles such as Traditional, Transitional and Contemporary. But, new isn’t always necessarily better. Sometimes, styles from bygone eras can complement modern day personalities, providing the perfect opportunity to bring back the past. These nostalgic styles can be ‘mixed and matched’ so that the next time that you step into your kitchen, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a Time Warp.

When designing your kitchen to achieve a Time Warp, follow the 80/20 rule. The first thing to consider is that one style period should be more prominent than the other. Second, try to group similar items, which will help everything in the space look cohesive, even when your pieces are really different. And lastly, understand balance. The two different style periods shouldn’t be separated, but should instead be integrated in a seamless way. To demonstrate how this concept works, we’ll use an example showing two popular style periods – Rustic and Art Noveau.

Style #1 – Rustic. The Rustic Style came to life during the 1800’s and is exemplified by the idea that pieces should be purposeful, functional and effective. Primary components include handcrafted elements and open rooms. This style can still be found in many kitchens today. Appliances such as antique fridges, ranges and wood-burning cookstoves combine desired functionality with a traditional, yet stylish and polished appearance. Pieces that could be mixed into your kitchen to represent this style include copper cookware, kerosene lamps, a stone wall, exposed ceiling beams, barnlike doors and wood finishes.

Style #2 – Art Nouveau. A style that lends itself to being paired with Rustic is Art Nouveau, which originated in the 1890’s. The main tenet of this style is that everyday objects should be beautiful. Inspiration comes from natural outdoor elements, such as flowers and greenery. To incorporate aspects of Art Nouveau into your kitchen, consider adding items such as antique trays with floral designs and floral paintings, along with live plants and flowers. Furniture and cabinetry with lots of details also complements this style.

To use both The Rustic and Art Nouveau styles together – and create the quintessential Time Warp – apply the 80/20 rule and, in this case, choose Rustic as the central theme of the kitchen. Grouping like items, you could incorporate rustic elements such as wooden cabinetry, a wooden island and a ceiling featuring wooden beams. To balance the styles throughout the room, you could bring in pieces from the Art Nouveau style, such as cabinetry with floral details. You could also add a colored floral painting with a wooden frame to harmonize with other rustic elements.

Also, consider using copper cookware and placing various pieces throughout the space. Finally, since the Rustic theme is central to the kitchen, you might add a rustic kitchen appliances, such as an Elmira Stove Works wood-burning stove or antique refrigerator to complete the look.

Ready to create a Time Warp in your kitchen? Learn more about Elmira’s retro and antique appliances for inspiration!