The real-estate agent apologized for the old kitchen, but the new owners totally got it.

By Patricia Poore

“The kitchen is a Fifties nightmare, a horror show,” whispered the broker: It still had its turquoise cabinets, purple Formica, and scalloped trim—all part of a high-end remodel in this 1920s Storybook Tudor. But prospective owner Janna Ritz thought differently. An improbable survivor of another era, “the kitchen was the thing worth keeping,” she says.

Today, vintage Frankoma fondue pots sit happily on the vintage, deep-purple Formica countertop. The pale turquoise, 40" Caloric Ultramatic range (not seen) still works perfectly. The Lucite and chrome cabinet pulls are original. The owners say you have to respect good design when you find it, regardless of the era. “People who ruin old kitchens are invariably people who don’t cook,” Janna adds. Read more.

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