Spring is here, and with warmer temperatures emerging in the forecast, people are ready to get outside and socialize. And nothing goes better with a good time than a fun cocktail (or “mocktail”) to set the mood. Although everyone has their own personal preferences, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic concoction. Many of the trendy beverages we consume today, such as an “Old Fashioned” or “Manhattan,” are creations from decades ago.
With timeless appeal, Elmira’s Northstar and Antique appliances have a similar charm to the cocktails of yesteryear. Their reimagined interpretation of appliances from the 1950s and 1890s makes them feel familiar, yet new at the same time. Just one glance at the stylish renditions and you’ll feel the comfort of the past while enjoying the ease of modern functionality. An Elmira Stove Works kitchen is the perfect place to create and enjoy your favorite beverage (Cosmo anyone?) with a fresh twist.
Here are some of our favorite classic cocktails to try this
The Martini is quite possibly one of the most recognizable cocktails worldwide. Despite the beverage’s immense popularity, its “creation” story is up for debate. The original recipe consists of gin, vermouth, and an olive garnish. Throughout the years, people began using vodka in place of gin to achieve a cleaner finish. This led to countless reimagining of the beverage into variations that suit any palate.
For a colorful rendition of a classic, try the Aviation Cocktail. First, add ice into a cocktail shaker. Then add gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de Violette liqueur, and lemon juice, and shake until chilled. Finally, garnish a chilled martini glass with a fresh lemon twist, and strain the mixture into the glass. The curious grouping of flavors results in a striking violet cocktail that is just as beautiful as it is tasty.
As the popularity of bourbon and American whiskey once again rises in North America, it’s not uncommon to find a rendition of the Old Fashioned on the menu of just about every bar and restaurant. The recipe originated at a private social club in Louisville, Kentucky in 1881 and has been a mainstay ever since. The simple bourbon cocktail is a blend of sugar, spice and – well – everything nice.
To make this classic drink with a modern twist, add to your favorite highball glass a spoonful of sugar, a few dashes of Angostura bitters, a slice of lemon and orange, and brandy-infused cherry. Muddle the ingredients until blended fully. Add ice and two ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey, depending upon your taste (bourbon has sweet notes while rye is more peppery), and shake well. Pour the beverage into the glass and garnish with a flamed orange peel.
The story behind the Moscow Mule is one of ingenuity. The well-loved drink was first created in 1941 when restaurateur and entrepreneur John “Jack” Morgan formulated a recipe for ginger beer. At the time, Mr. Morgan was struggling to get people to catch on to the bold flavor. He met John Martin, president of a spirit company, who was also having trouble finding people to consume his new product called Smirnoff Vodka.
The two men bonded over the similarity of their circumstances, which led to the idea of creating a cocktail by combining the two drinks. They added ice and a wedge of lemon to the drink, and the Moscow mule was created. Today, the drink is very trendy, with creative variations everywhere you turn. A fun rendition to try at your next social gathering is a blood orange and pomegranate Moscow Mule. It starts with the traditional recipe, then adds two ounces of blood orange juice and a drizzle of pomegranate molasses. Garnish the mug with a blood orange wedge and a sprig of mint, for a tangy twist on the beloved mid-century cocktail.
The Negroni is an Italian aperitif, created in 1919 at the request of Count Camillo Negroni. A classic Negroni consists of three equal parts of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth garnished with a twist of lemon. The classic beverage is a riff on a cocktail called an Americano, which uses club soda instead of gin for a fizzy, refreshing sip. Negronis remain a drink of choice for cocktail enthusiasts around the world.
For an innovative take on the original, try a Pink Negroni. Just add ice, gin, Campari, lemon juice, Lillet Blanc, and a few dashes of hibiscus bitters to a cocktail shaker. Shake ingredients until well chilled, then strain into your favorite glass and finish with a hibiscus bloom or sprig of tarragon. You are sure to love this elevated version of a classic cocktail.
While the Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, and Negroni are
timeless beverages, perfect in their authentic form, they can easily be
modified to fit the ever-changing palates of today. With a few simple steps and
ingredient substitutions or additions, you can transform a legendary cocktail
into a mixologist-inspired creation with a personal touch.
The art of blending old favorites with new ideas will never go out of style.
After all, there is always room to make a classic even more interesting than
It’s true what they say – that everything comes back in style. It seems like every other day, you hear about reboots of old TV shows and movies. Or the resurrection of classic cars like the Ford Bronco and the upcoming Volkswagen Bus, with new modern features. The same trend is happening with interior design. People are looking to the past for inspiration and bringing elements of nostalgia into more contemporary spaces, with “newstalgia” design.
Newstalgia is one of the biggest interior design trends of the year. Not to be confused with “cottage core,” which is described as grandma chic, newstalgia is defined by an eclectic blend of old and new, filled with character and colour. On one hand, the design aesthetic feels nostalgic and approachable, while on the other hand, it includes the conveniences of today – the comfort of the past plus the convenience of the present.
Newstalgia design is an excellent option for those who don’t
want their homes confined to just one style but rather are drawn to a
collection of styles from different eras that complement one another.
Here are just a few ways you can incorporate elements of newstalgia design into your home.
Capture the newstalgia look by including antique furniture
with modern or contemporary pieces to create a unique and balanced look. A
local thrift store or antique shop are great places to find old furniture in
good condition. You can take it a step further by refinishing vintage pieces
with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware to update their classic design.
Make a statement in the living room by adding a velvet sofa in a dramatic jewel tone like Emerald Green. The bold and lush fabric brings an element of timeless luxury into a space. If you prefer a throwback look, a tufted velvet sofa may be a fun option to incorporate into a newstalgia aesthetic. Complete the look with a revamped, vintage coffee table or end tables and a stylish contemporary floor lamp or chandelier.
A chic way to channel newstalgia style in the kitchen is to add retro-inspired appliances like those from the Northstar line from Elmira Stove Works. The 1950s-inspired kitchen appliances include ranges, refrigerators, microwaves, and more. A Northstar refrigerator in Robin’s Egg Blue, Mint Green or Candy Red would be the perfect conversation piece in a kitchen. The distinctive look will add character and give the space a feel that harkens to the past, while the technology and high performance features will provide the functionality today’s homeowners expect. Not to mention adding a cheerful pop of colour!
If retro isn’t your thing, perhaps you will enjoy the look of something even more seasoned like Elmira’s Antique line of appliances. You can capture newstalgia design in the kitchen with an 1850s-style range for a fresh take on traditional Victorian style. Choose a non-traditional colour such as Liberty Blue or Cayenne Pepper Red to beautifully mesh the elements of old and new.
Mixing furniture from different periods works well in the bedroom too. You can get the newstalgia look by adding an old dresser, side table or vintage mirrors and artwork to give the space a one-of-a-kind feel. Again, use your creativity to update the pieces and make them your own. This will allow you to put a personalized spin on a traditional design.
Or, if you prefer not to get your hands dirty, consider purchasing replicas of classic furniture such as an Eames chair and ottoman for lounging in style. Tie everything together with modern touches to achieve the perfect newstalgia aesthetic.
No matter how much time passes, we always find a way to look back upon days of old with fondness. By bringing items – or design elements – from a bygone era into a new time, we can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Newstalgia design is an excellent way to combine looks from different eras to create a cohesive look that cherishes the past and present.
The holidays are upon us, and it’s the time of year when we
look back at seasons past to reflect upon the great memories created. Many of
those memories are so wonderful because they include both family and food.
So, why not take some time this holiday season to continue
sharing those good times with loved ones by pulling out your favorite recipes
of the season and baking up some sumptuous treats. But, before you get started,
it’s always a good idea to refresh your culinary knowledge. Baking really is as
much science as art, and each recipe requires its own set of rules.
Here are some of our tried-and-true tips for achieving
Read before proceeding. It probably goes without
saying… but always begin by thoroughly reading the recipe. This will ensure
that you have a complete list of ingredients, are familiar with the techniques
and tools needed, and know how much time the process requires from start to
Measure up. Prepare your ingredients by carefully
measuring or weighing them to confirm that you have the precise proportions
needed for baking. Even a slight error in measurement can mean the difference between
a great tasting cake or pie and one that (literally) falls flat.
Ingredients for success. The temperature of ingredients is an essential factor in baking and can significantly influence the texture and appearance of baked goods.
When baking cookies or cakes, eggs and butter should be at
room temperature. Not only will this create a smoother batter, but cakes will
be fluffier, and cookies will be crunchy around the edges with a chewy center. When
preparing brownies or muffins, melt the butter to achieve a moist, decadent
When making biscuits or pastry dough, butter should be as
cold as possible. Always make sure to factor in enough time to chill the dough
before baking. This will harden the fats in the dough, which helps to maintain
the structure of the pastry and create a rich, flaky result.
TIP: Try one of our colorful Northstar refrigerators to chill your dough. These cool fridges look like they belong in the 1950s but offer the modern conveniences and high performance of today.
On the other hand, recipes that contain yeast need to rest
at room temperature to rise. A cooled oven is a great place to store resting
bread dough. Keep in mind that some bread recipes require two periods of rest
and rising before baking.
Take your temperature. Cooking baked items at the correct temperature is a crucial – and often-overlooked factor. Many people assume their ovens are displaying accurate temperature readings, but the truth is each oven is different and temperatures can vary. Invest in an oven thermometer to determine whether you need to adjust your oven settings when baking.
To ensure your oven is up to temperature before baking,
allow it to preheat for an additional ten minutes after the indicator signals
it has reached temperature. True convection ovens are excellent for baking
multiple sheets of cookies. They provide terrific air circulation to ensure
that the top rack is the same temperature as the bottom rack – no more burnt
cookies on the bottom sheet!
Additionally, opening your oven too frequently while cooking
can lower the oven’s temperature, and lengthen cooking time. Only open the door
when you think the item is ready to prevent the oven from losing heat and to help
ensure an even bake.
TIP: You can make your favorite childhood recipes in cozy fashion with an Elmira Fireview range. Available in three models, this 1890’s styled wood-burning stove includes a fire-viewing window, oven, warming compartment(s), and optional gas side burners.
Level set. When preparing cakes, make sure to level
the batter in the pan before placing it in the oven so that it bakes evenly.
This will make it easier to layer the cake for decorating and creates a more
aesthetically pleasing result.
Get the scoop. For cookies, use an ice cream scoop to portion out cookies that are uniform in size. Fill the scoop with dough, scrape the excess off by using the edge of the bowl, and press and release onto the baking sheet.
Avoid these common baking blunders
Baking requires time and patience to achieve the desired
results. Ensure that you create baked goods that are both visually appealing
and delicious by avoiding these common mistakes.
Don’t get too heated. A common mistake many people
make when baking is overcooking, leading to dryness and a crumbly texture. Keep
in mind that food continues to cook for a few minutes after you remove it from
the oven. Once the batter or dough has fully set and is a light golden brown,
it should be ready to exit the oven and cool.
TIP: Consider using an Elmira Antique or Northstar range to create delectable, perfectly cooked baked goods in statement-making style.
Do a proper cool down. Resist the temptation to
quickly frost or cut baked goods when you remove them from the oven. Cutting
into a cake when it is too warm will make it crumble and, and applying icing to
a warm cake will cause the icing to melt. Experts recommend waiting at least
two hours to cut fudge, brownies or a pie, two to three hours before icing a
freshly baked cake and about 30 minutes for cupcakes.
It is easy to forget small details when baking, but you can prepare for success by following these simple baking guidelines to help you whip up holiday goodies that everyone is sure to love… while creating memories for years to come.
Having trouble deciding what to make for the holidays? Check out the Elmira Stove Works Facebook page for great retro recipes!
Brittany Hutt Shares Her Thoughts on Kitchen Design and Why There’s Always Room for a Touch of Nostalgia
There are times in life that, no matter how far away you may venture, something brings you back to where you began. The same is true for kitchen and bath designer Brittany Hutt, born and raised in Ontario, Canada, just ninety minutes from Elmira Stove Works’ headquarters. As a child, Brittany enjoyed visiting her family’s now-demolished country cottage that just so happened to include an original Elmira stove. Little did she know that Elmira would be a part of her life in the years to come.
In 2009, Brittany moved to Florida
to pursue her education in design at the International Academy of Design &
Technology, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. While
in school, she discovered a passion for designing kitchens and bathrooms. Fast
forward to 2018, when she won the 2020 Design Inspiration Awards in the Elmira Stove Works
category – bringing her experience with the brand full circle.
Today, Brittany’s design business in
Tampa, Florida is flourishing, as she expands her reach as a virtual designer –
allowing her to work with clients throughout the country.
We sat down with Brittany to discuss kitchen design, her experience working with Elmira appliances, and her love of all things vintage.
Q: Can you share a little about yourself and how you got into design?
While attending design school, I
interned for a local interior design firm and started a part-time job in
kitchen design. I began attending seminars and online classes to learn
cabinetry basics, as I found kitchen and bath design was my true interest.
After a few years of kitchen design, I started in-home consultations for
kitchen and bath remodels and became involved in the installation and
production process. I was soon able to manage projects and work one-on-one with
clients and installers onsite – from project start to finish.
Q: How would you describe your
approach to kitchen design? What inspires you?
I think it’s really important to
gather information from the client. It helps me to create a space that is not
only aesthetically pleasing but functional for everyday use. At the start of
the design process, I ask my clients to share inspirational photos of designs
they are drawn to and request that they create a list of goals for the space.
Whether it’s a kitchen with plenty of seating for entertaining, or a kitchen with
ample countertop space that caters to large appliances for plenty of cooking, I
always want to make sure the result is well-suited for the client. I follow
many design companies on social media to gain insight into the latest trends
Q: What attracts you to
mid-century modern style?
I like to bring nostalgic style into my designs, so adding the Elmira NorthStar appliance series is a great way to achieve this. Mid-century to me is clean lines, a mix of paint and wood grains, and most likely a pop of pattern or color. It all leads to a fun and exciting design!
Q: What do you like most about
I relate most to the farmhouse style. I appreciate the mix of rustic design accents with a modern functioning kitchen. I like the idea of architectural salvage by bringing in an old rustic door and installing it in a new kitchen. It not only brings in that rustic, reclaimed feel but also creates a conversational piece.
Q: What do you think makes retro-style and farmhouse kitchens so appealing?
Both the retro and farmhouse
styles lead to giving something old a new meaning in a new space. As styles
evolve, I believe we will always want to incorporate something old with
something new – it just adds character!
Q: Can you share one of your
favorite mid-century modern projects featuring Northstar appliances?
I love this design because it exemplifies the mid-century design style by using a mix of bright white paint and wood grain, and the slab door style leans toward uncluttered clean lines. I also added a mix of geometric patterns with the flooring and backsplash materials. The Northstar appliances add a bright pop of color in Robin’s Egg Blue and become the focal point of a gorgeous mid-century style kitchen.
This farmhouse-style kitchen is the perfect way to feature Elmira’s Antique appliances, as it ties the color and vintage/rustic design accents together. I used a high-contrast black and white palette to accentuate the black Antique style appliances. Additionally, I added a reclaimed wood hood around the range to keep the range as the main focal point of the design. The black, white and warm rustic accents in this design create an inviting and cozy space.
Q: What first drew you to include Elmira Stove Works appliances in your designs?
I began designing with Elmira appliances in 2018 when I entered a 2020 Design contest. One of the categories was for kitchen designs featuring Elmira Stove Works. I created a farmhouse-style design, which ended up being the winner.
Q: Do you think kitchens with character / a touch of nostalgia are here to stay?
I do think kitchen design with
hints of character and nostalgia will remain popular. While design trends tend
to revolve, I believe the idea of recycling and giving items new meaning is
always going to be important in the world of design.
Q: Where’s your favorite place
to find vintage items?
I love finding items with history and incorporating them into my designs. When I have a client who wants me to design around something antique or rustic, I am very excited! You can find great reclaimed items at thrift stores, antique shops, or online. If you have a home with some character and are looking to remodel, you should find a piece of furniture or material that interests you and add it to the new design. Whether it’s an old bar stool or a few bricks, it’s a great way to add one-of-a-kind character to your new space and give it a nod to the past.
We love speaking with industry
professionals to stay on top of the latest trends in kitchen design. A big
thank you to Brittany Hutt for taking time out of her busy schedule to share
her thoughts and a few of her favorite projects featuring our products.
Make sure to follow Brittany on
Instagram at @brithuttdesign.
Road trips remain one of the easiest ways to explore new places, and are especially popular for family trips. These fun journeys allow you to go at your own pace and enjoy as many (or as few) sites as you desire. Go “old school” and grab a map, or enter your destination into your GPS, and get ready to hit the road.
Here are some of our favorite road trips to take across Canada and the Unites States.
two-lane road, which first opened in 1932, weaves through 180 miles of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands National Park
and across the magnificent Gulf of Saint Lawrence coastline – rewarding travelers with stunning valley and coastal vistas
along the way.
passes through communities with both Scottish and French influences, where
there is much culture to discover. Visit Black Brook
Beach near Ingonish for a refreshing jump in the waves, a waterfall and a short
hiking trail, or take a Highlands helicopter
tour of the entire area for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Try your hand at fishing
or spend some time learning about the history of the land’s longtime shipbuilding
and transatlantic commerce.
Don’t forget to schedule a stop at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck and make sure to book a behind-the-scenes tour to see and experience even more of Bell’s inventions. If time permits, take a hike in Meat Cove to enjoy the amazing views and book a whale watching cruise in Pleasant Bay.
This is the route for those
who want to venture off the beaten path on their next road trip. The Dempster Highway, a 458-mile-long
gravel road that connects Canada’s Southern Yukon Territory with Inuvik, the
Mackenzie Delta and communities in the Northwest Territories, passes
through some of the world’s most impressive terrain. The highway – Canada’s
only all-season public road crossing the Arctic Circle – is an all-weather gravel road with two ferry crossings.
Start near Dawson City and travel north
through the Northwest Territories to Inuvik. Go off track and explore the
Klondike Gold Rush museum located in downtown Dawson and – in the evening,
before heading off into the wilderness – kick your feet up at Diamond Tooth
dramatic tundra landscapes, mountain ranges, and plentiful wildlife all along
the journey to the Arctic Circle. The area is home to caribou, moose, mountain
sheep, grizzly bears, marmots and collared pica; along with golden eagles,
hawks, falcons, owls and many other birds.
The best time for reliable driving weather is June through September, when the days are long and on the warmer side. As facilities are few and far between on this stretch of highway, make sure to carry a full-sized spare tire (or two), along with extra water and gas.
Want to see a wide swath of Canada’s beautiful
landscape in one road trip? Hop on the Trans-Canada Highway. The famed roadway
spans 4,860 miles (7821 kilometres) from Victoria on Vancouver Island to St.
John’s, Newfoundland, and stretches across all 10 of the country’s provinces
(and six-time zones), a trip that could easily take three weeks.
For a more manageable trip, we recommend
starting your journey in Victoria, British Columbia, and then making your way
east to Calgary. In Victoria, you can enjoy the history of Craigdarroch Castle,
explore Butchart Gardens’ vivid floral displays, savor the pristine beaches and
perhaps catch sight of a whale.
Next, head to Salmon Arm, an area ideal for fishing and kayaking that also boasts a host of wineries and restaurants along with arboreal forests and the breathtaking Margaret Falls. And no trip is complete without a visit to Glacier National Park. Check out Illecillewaet Glacier as well as Rogers Pass and the Rogers Pass National Historic Site.
Finally, make your way to Calgary, where you can visit sites such as Heritage Park, a recreation of a typical village from the pioneering period or Fort Calgary, the first outpost of the Northwest Mounted Police. If time allows, take a day trip from Calgary to Banff and famed Lake Louise, known for its dazzling turquoise waters framed by stunning snowcapped mountains.
Traveling down from the
mainland of Florida, it’s easy to understand why the southernmost leg of the U.S.
highway system is often referred to as the “Overseas Highway.” This
113-mile-long highway stretches over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean,
connecting all of the Florida Keys to the mainland.
Cruise down the highway on
your all-American adventure, as you pass small green mile markers and
experience inviting views of blue green crystalline water. Start your journey
in Key Largo, the northernmost mile marker, which is known for the John
Pennekamp Coral Reef Park, which spans more than 2,900 square miles on both
sides of the island chain.
Continue the journey with
breathtaking views of the wilder terrestrial and marine life of the Lower Keys,
where the bulk of the residents have four legs, fins, or feathers. This area,
which is home to two national wildlife refuges and is recognized as the least
“people-populated” region of the Keys, is ideal for a relaxing but adventure-filled
Cap off your journey with a visit to legendary Key West. Visit the home of literary icon Ernest Hemingway, which was built in the 1930s – don’t forget to look for the polydactyl (six-toed) cats. And no visit would be complete without enjoying the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Dock, where arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, food carts, and thousands of tourists from around the world gather to watch the sun drop into the Gulf of Mexico.
Get your kicks on Route 66,
and kick up the dust with a road trip from Illinois to California via Route 66.
No road trip bucket list would be complete without this massive cross-country
American trek. This renowned route runs diagonally across the center of the
United States, passing through eight states that offer some of the country’s
most iconic roadside landscapes.
starts in downtown Chicago and ends at the Santa Monica pier in Southern California.Begin your journey in Lake Michigan and travel 2,500
miles along one of the country’s first highways, as you follow in the footsteps
of prior generations.
Along the way, stop and immerse yourself in a plethora of historic landmarks and quirky vistas. There’s America’s oldest church, St Joseph’s, located in New Mexico, the ghost town of Oatman in Arizona, and a fascinating art car installation at Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas. You can also check out the world’s largest rocking chair in Fanning, Missouri along with a slew of retro diners to keep you and other travelers well-nourished along the way.
Complete your journey at the Santa Monica Pier, where you can take a ride on the 1922 carousel, roller coaster and Ferris wheel, and try your skills at the arcade before grabbing something sweet from the soda fountain.
Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific Coast Highway
(PCH) runs along the California coast, connecting San Francisco to San Diego
and spanning more than 600 miles of California’s rugged coastline.
Buckle up for a leisurely journey filled with no
shortage of picturesque spots. Pull off at scenic overlooks to take in the
mountains, towering trees, expansive white sand beaches, and boundless sky. The
route also offers a wonderful opportunity to experience all of the character
California has to offer, including pioneer outposts, farm fresh foods, surfing
villages and local wines.
Begin at the Golden Gate
Bridge and weave your way through the mountains, with their magnificent sheer
drop-offs and stunning vistas. Visit the many tiny towns peppered along the way
for a touch of local cuisine or a refreshing libation. Explore Big Sur’s rocky
mountains, which are covered in magnificent redwood forests and lead to a stunning
south to Cambria, a quaint seaside community with rocky shorelines and abundant
sea life where you can visit the Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal rookery. It’s also worthwhile to spend a
day on the water in Morro Bay, where you may see blue
herons, monarch butterflies, hummingbirds and sea otters.
End your trip in sunny San Diego, home to the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, and the historic Coronado Hotel.
Want a more offbeat road trip
and the chance for a “close encounter of the third kind?” Travel into the open expanses
of western Nevada on the Extraterrestrial Highway. The two-and-half-hour drive
connects the Nevada high desert from the Alamo and Crystal Springs area to
Be sure to stay alert on what
may seem like a regular desert drive, but has a storied history of alien
encounters and hidden secrets. Detour off the path and explore Extraterrestrial
Highway sights such as the Black Mailbox and Little A’Le’Inn.
Looking for aliens can be tempting, but it’s best to stay away from Area 51 located at Nellis Air Force Base’s Nevada Test and Training Range, as security doesn’t take kindly to unannounced visitors. Stay on course and enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with driving on this other worldly highway.
Road trips can be a great way to spend times with loved ones and enjoy the great outdoors. These iconic journeys will evoke old memories and are sure to help you create new ones.
Speaking of nostalgia, why not
bring a touch of the past to your home with an Elmira Stove Works or Northstar
range or fridge?
TheNorthstar linebrings bold, beautiful lines and a vibrant pop of color to mid-century, retro, farmhouse and contemporary kitchens. All-electric, all-gas and dual fuel models feature electric, high-speed radiant elements or high-output gas burners. Available in a choice of nine not-so-standard colors along with custom hues and a variety of trim options, these appliances will bring character and flair to any kitchen.
Our Antique/Heritage appliances offer vintage styling with state-of-the-art performance and convenience. Available in a spectrum of standard and custom colors, and featuring polished nickel trim or optional antique copper trim, these distinctive appliances are perfectly-suited for farmhouse, Victorian, log home or even more contemporary settings.
it can be confusing when trying to determine in which era particular design
elements originated. Fortunately, antique, vintage and retro items can be
distinguished by knowing a few key factors.
As a rule of thumb, anything more than 100 years in age is considered an antique. These items are usually heirlooms and have a historical quality to them. Antique pieces are great for adding character to a simple room. They bring richness and depth to a space – especially when mixed with other styles – that is often difficult to find in modern design. An original period painting or an authentic Tiffany Lamp would be considered an antique – think “Antiques Roadshow.”
Many homeowners are drawn to the historic charm ofantique stoves, in particular. These classic models offer a timeless look and often serve as the focal point of a kitchen. Antique stoves are gaining in popularity not only for the sense of nostalgia they evoke, but also because they work with a variety of aesthetics – from rustic to farmhouse to Victorian or even more contemporary styles.
While it is possible to find antique stoves that have been restored, many of today’s homeowners are looking for modern functionality and features, and prefer to purchase new “antique style” appliances with designs based on cookstoves from the late 1800s.
“Vintage,” on the other hand, refers to an item that can be attributed a specific era within the last 20 to 100 years. Vintage items are generally easy to spot because they are iconic and represent something exceptional from a certain time period. For example, think about a 1960s model car, 1970s bellbottom pants or a 1950s poodle skirt. In the interior design world, mid-century modern decor is a common example of vintage style.
When it comes to vintage appliances, some homeowners opt to purchase older appliances that have been refurbished. Although these appliances bring a feeling of authenticity to kitchens, they don’t typically have the “bells and whistles” that many consumers desire, especially those who cook often.
When compared to antique and vintage, retro is a much broader term. Retro is typically used to describe items that are not original, but rather provide a modern twist on a style from the past. Retro style decorating usually has a fun, energetic feel to it, and incorporates bright colors, dynamic designs, and an overall sense of flair.
Homeowners looking to get a period look without sacrificing function and modern amenities are able to find new kitchen appliances that mimic retro style. These retro appliances are a great way to add character and a cheerful pop of color to a kitchen without overwhelming the space. Their versatile design complements a variety of decor styles, including mid-century ranch, 1950s retro, farmhouse and contemporary kitchens.
Elmira Stove Works has been crafting appliances since 1975, and offers full lines of ranges, refrigerators, range hoods and splash backs, microwaves, and dishwashers. Elmira initially debuted the Fireview woodburning cookstove followed by the Heritage collection of 1890’s-styled appliances, and – in 2001 – expanded to retro / mid-century appliances with the introduction of the Northstar line.
appliances are available in a variety of classic colors, including Black,
White, Bisque, Cayenne Pepper Red and Liberty Blue, as well as custom hues. Northstar
appliances feature an inviting collection of classic colors reminiscent of the
1950’s look – including pastels such as Buttercup Yellow and brights like Candy
Red – along with more than a thousand custom colors.
you’re looking for a kitchen with the perfect touch of antique, vintage or
retro inspiration, we’ve got you covered!
the holidays just around the corner, you can certainly get creative and turn
your home into your own winter wonderland with a twist – vintage decor! To help
you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can capture the spirit of the
holiday throughout your home.
Strategically hang evergreen garland to bring a hint of winter inside. Tightly wrap the garland around stair posts, or try draping it on your mantel, doorways and kitchen cabinets to tie in the theme throughout your house. To add some texture and color, place berries or burlap bows in your garland. And, if you use real evergreen, it’ll smell just as festive as it looks.
Poinsettias are another great way to bring the feel of nature into your home. Add a classic accent to these stunning beauties by placing them inside vintage watering cans, old flour sifters or metal buckets. On a similar note, you can spruce up your entryway – or anywhere in the house – with pine boughs in large vintage glass vases or metal watering cans.
Hang grapevine wreaths in the windows to add some character to the exterior of your house. To add a pop of warmth and vintage decor, thrift/re-use vintage flannels, and DIY them into bows to put on top of the wreaths. You can add some charm to your front porch by placing old ice skates or leaning a childhood sled next to the front door.
Around the Christmas Tree
To spruce up your Christmas tree and make it shine, add antique, vintage or favorite childhood ornaments. Popular 1950s glass reflector ornaments will add some extra oomph to your tree, reflecting light to create some sparkle. If you want to go the extra mile, try adding classic wooden beaded garland around your tree. You can also get the kids involved by setting up a battery-operated classic train set around the tree – creating your own mini locomotive blast from the past. After all, if there’s anyone who loves decorating for the holiday season more than you, it’s your kids.
Go Jolly With Decorations
Nothing says “Christmas Classic” like a nutcracker soldier (or several) placed on the mantel or on a bookshelf. For a fun family activity, you can get crafty and make your own DIY evergreen candle holders. These decorative candle glasses can be used from year to year and then passed down. Additionally, try using vanilla, cookie batter, cinnamon spice or evergreen scented candles to create an all-encompassing holiday aroma and atmosphere.
If you’re sticking with the vintage theme, pull out the old Christmas records or CD’s to get the jingle jams going. If you don’t have a record player/old records or CD’s, add some holiday season classics to a playlist and enjoy the tunes in the background why you decorate, cook or relax in front of the fireplace with a cup of eggnog.
the Kitchen Festive
Dazzle your kitchen with a pop of “WOW” by adding festive vintage or farmhouse style appliances from the Northstar or Elmira lines. The focal point of the holiday season revolves around baked goods and delectable dinners. So what better way to add some conviviality to your kitchen than by adding a holly jolly new range in Quicksilver, Candy Red, Cayenne Pepper Red or Mint Green – or in one of more than a thousand custom colors. Turn the heat up even further with the rustic Fireview woodburning cookstove.
Lastly, don’t forget the holiday cookies and other sweet treats. Bake classics like gingerbread men, frosted sugar cookies, peppermint bark and fudge and set them on a vintage ornamental platter.
While this year is different from holidays past, we know it’s the little things that matter most. We wish you and your loved ones a safe and gratitude-filled holiday… and hope for a better year ahead!
Like many things, this year’s football season is anything but typical. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still participate in game day festivities. While official tailgate parties are likely off the menu this season, you can always set up a tailgate in your driveway – or even share in the pre-game excitement with neighbors by hosting a tailgate celebration in a neighborhood common area or cul-de-sac (practicing social distancing and other safety precautions, of course).
Whether you are flaunting your pride for your hometown team or just want to relax and eat good food, check out these must-try, hometown favorites for some of the NFL’s most popular teams – the perfect recipes for game day. Don’t forget to show your team spirit by decorating your tailgate area with team logo and colors and wearing your favorite team’s jersey.
Atlanta Falcons (Atlanta, GA). If the Falcons are your team of choice, it is imperative that you include peach cobbler in your menu when planning your game day celebration. Made from bourbon-soaked peaches, cinnamon and brown sugar, this decadent treat of absolute melt-in-your-mouth delight can sweeten a victory or soften a defeat for any Falcons fan. Don’t forget to add a layer of crumble topping for the perfect crunch and peach-filled bliss.
Dallas Cowboys (Dallas, TX). Texas-style smoked brisket takes a Cowboys tailgate party to a new level. Smoked brisket seasoned with salt and pepper and then slowly cooked over hickory or oak charcoal for 10 to 12 hours adorns the smokers and plates of countless Cowboys fans during game season. Fans can even purchase branded barbeque sets emblazoned with the team’s insignia. No wonder that, to these devoted fans, game day is synonymous with brisket day.
New England Patriots (Boston, MA). Creamy New England-style clam chowder will make any tailgate event a memorable occasion. Simmering on New England stoves and cooking fires for centuries, this hearty, stick-to-your-ribs soup can be made with either fresh or canned clams (we recommend fresh!). A fan of Manhattan-style tomato base chowder? Leave it at home on game day. Creamy New England style chowder is the only way to go.
New York Giants (New York, NY). You are not a true blue-blood New Yorker if you have not heard of Italian meatball hero sliders. These small sandwich wonders consist of bite-sized meatballs made of parmigiana cheese and ground beef rolled onto crusty bread that is topped with a spicy tomato-based sauce. On a chilly fall or a wintery day, while rooting for the Giants, this dish will definitely warm your spirits.
San Francisco 49ers (San Francisco, CA). A lavish entree featuring bright red crab claws rising dramatically from a steaming bowl of tomato-laden broth never fails to delight the eyes and taste buds. This iconic, San Francisco-native seafood stew called cioppino will bring a sense of culinary adventure to any game day celebration. Whether you make it with butter, leeks, scallops, celery or sage – or cook it up thick or thin – this savory dish can be adjusted to suit individual taste. There is no wrong way to make it!
Following are some must-have items for
an enjoyable tailgate celebration.
Barbecue tools and equipment (grill, smoker, tongs, charcoal, lighter, etc.)
Coolers, ice and plenty of your favorite beverages
Prepped food ready for grilling and serving (don’t forget the condiments!)
Utensils, cups and napkins
Folding tables and chairs
Canopy for shade and protection from the elements
Sunscreen (and insect repellant in warmer, wetter climates)
Garbage bags (make sure you leave your tailgate spot as clean as you found it!)
To prepare the perfect tailgate dishes prior to your event, why not cook up something special in an Elmira Stove Works range or Northstar range? You can also serve a perfectly chilled glass of your preferred brew on demand with our Northstar Keg Fridge – perfect for a garage, basement or man cave. And our appliances are available in your favorite team’s colors for an extra helping of spirit!
In 1913, Jerry Mahoney established the first stationary diner in New Jersey. Similar to the horse-pulled lunch wagon (which the diner ultimately replaced), the idea was to offer a place for “your average Joe” to get a reasonably priced meal. By the 1920s, the term “diner” had become a well-known part of popular culture and you could find plenty of Americans seated on a colorful stool at a long counter or in a cozy booth enjoying a casual and filling meal.
In the 1930s, many diners began to feature aerodynamic shapes, curved silhouettes and bright chrome accents. These design elements were hallmarks of Art Deco’s “Streamline Moderne” style, which was inspired by the streamlined trains that were crisscrossing the country at the time.
As 1950s car culture gained prominence, the diner lifestyle became even more widespread. Diners not only provided a convenient place where people traveling for work and recreation could recharge and get a quick and cheap bite to eat, but their ‘no fuss,’ laid back atmosphere made them an appealing gathering spot.
Fast forward 60 years or so and imagine how fun it would be to create your very own diner in your home. Well, Glenda Ervin and her husband did just that in their basement.
Glenda Ervin is a co-owner of Lehman’s, a store that was founded in 1955 by her father, Jay Lehman, to provide hardware for the Amish community. Located in Kidron, Ohio – in the heart of Amish country – the store has grown significantly over the years and now sells everything from old-fashioned treats and sodas to practical, non-electric goods that help people live a simpler life. In fact, it’s been voted “Ohio’s #1 Destination in the Amish Country” for three years in a row.
The Ervin’s have always had a fondness for simpler times. For a number of years, they have been regularly hosting 50’s themed events – complete with costume contests – at the store. Says Glenda, “We’ve always enjoyed our 50s parties and our store carries so many authentically retro products. So we thought, ‘Why not update our basement and create an authentic diner?’ That way, we could enjoy the 50s and all of its nostalgia at home!”
The Ervin’s decided to base their diner design on the year 1955, the year Lehman’s was founded. However, that made it challenging to find decor items specific to the time period. Notes Glenda, “My husband’s insistence on being authentic to 1955 limited our choices. There were so many cute diner decorations available, but it if wasn’t from the right era, we couldn’t use it.”
couple’s persistence paid off and they were able to adorn the diner with the
perfect mix of mid-1950s style. “We were able to find many unique
pieces during our travels,” says Glenda.
The star of the space is a Candy Red Northstar retro fridge from Elmira Stove Works. “The fridge looks so authentic and is so dramatic,” comments Glenda. “We knew the color scheme was going to be red, black and white, so the red refrigerator fit perfectly as an accent piece and really brings the space together. We love the chrome accents and bright, cheerful color.”
The diner also comes complete
with a cotton candy machine, a bubble gum machine and a popcorn machine.
husband was a contractor who remodeled homes for a living and did all of the
work in his spare time, completing the remodel in just under four months.
Says Glenda, “Not
only is the diner theme nostalgic, but it is also a great conversation starter
and creates a super fun place to entertain. We have hosted several 50s parties in the space, complete with
costume contests! I actually own not one, but two, Poodle Skirts. Adds Glenda,
“When guests visit for the first time, all of them have the same reaction, ‘Oh,
The Ervins couldn’t
be happier with their retro diner. “At Lehman’s, we stand for a simpler life,
which we believe is more fulfilling, more sustainable and more honest. It’s
about relationships with companions, community and family. The diner embodies
that philosophy and we love it!”
Want to create your own retro-inspired space? Learn more about Northstar retro appliances.
No matter how tech-driven world our world becomes, our love for all things nostalgic continues to grow… and in a big way.
This is even more true now during the pandemic when most of us are unsure just exactly how that future will shape up. Feeling less anchored than usual, people are seeking a sense of comfort and a connection with simpler times. And, while we could choose any number of decades that bring back “the good old days,” we’re thought we’d take a moment to explore the 70s. In fact, one of the most popular trends at the moment is a return to the iconic looks of the 1970s. Bell-bottoms are making a(nother) comeback along with far out floral prints that evoke “flower power” and the Disco Decade.
Just take #TBT or “Throwback Thursday,” which has been one
of the most widely used hashtags on social media since its creation in 2011. Typically
used to share happy memories from the past, it serves as a great way for people
to reminisce with their friends and family. We find comfort in being able to
look back to bygone eras to draw inspiration and look for ideas that will help
us to enjoy a better future.
In mid-July, Ford Motor Company re-released its legendary Bronco, which will be available as early as June 2021 to the 3,500 consumers who were lucky enough to reserve the first vehicles off the assembly line. As Ford looks to further meet the growing demand for stylish, workhorse SUVs, the brand has equipped this throwback with the most advanced smart technology. Car enthusiasts can hardly wait to get their hands on the thoroughly updated version of a what has become a cult classic.
Our blast from the past doesn’t end with cars and clothes. One cannot talk about the 70s without thinking about the television family that was synonymous with the era – The Brady Bunch. Thanks to HGTV, we got to see late last year how the fictional Brady home has fared over the years with a front row seat at the much anticipated Brady Bunch House Makeover!
A spin-off show featuring “Jan Brady” (actress Eve Plumb) aired at the end of last year. Staying true to the decor of the period, the home featured a Northstar retro fridge and range in Buttercup Yellow – it was definitely like taking a step back in time. We think Marsha would be yellow with envy… “Jan, Jan, Jan!”.
But you don’t have to be a fan of the 70s to love colorful retro appliances. Our Northstar line brings vintage style, the perfect pop of color and a welcome touch of nostalgia to any kitchen. Buttercup Yellow not your thing? No worries at all – choose from seven other standard colors or opt for more than 1,200 custom colors.