An unforgettable lemon-and-lime colored kitchen (1977)

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Lemon-lime kitchen decor: An excellence of efficiency

How to achieve maximum function in limited space

Over, under and all around, a sunny mood pervades the lemon-and-lime kitchen of Mr and Mrs James R. Williams of The Greenery “landominium” in suburban Cincinnati.

But this kitchen has more than good looks. In a 12-foot square, designer Joseph C Cason has created a compact arrangement where function is foremost, in keeping with the wishes of Pat Williams.

No newcomer to the kitchen, Mrs Williams is former food editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer and, presently, proprietor of Luxembourg House, a gourmet wine and cheese shop. An excellent cook, she views her kitchen as a workroom and, as such, insisted on the finest appliances, along with ample workspace, storage and a convenient spot for a light meal.

Here, she has it all neatly at hand. The appliance area (left) rings two walls. Note a sleek stripe of “Lemon Twist” custom cabinets and wall of Formica’s “MCP.” Appliances are fronted with lime green MCP and ceiling beams painted to match. Counters are of Formica’s “Butcher-block Maple” wood-grain laminate.

Shallow shelves framing a golf course view hold bibelots and plants with inset “grow” lights for the greenery on the sill. Other lights are recessed into the beams.

Entertainment is not overlooked, with a small, unobtrusive television set on a sliding shelf housed in the cabinet over the refrigerator (above). Here, it is easily visible yet off the counter space.

Retro kitchen design


The sunny kitchen is viewed mainly as a workroom

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A ‘wall of ideas’ serves several needs

All kinds of kitchen storage problems meet their match in a “now you see it, now you don’t” wall system opposite the sink and windows.

Just behind the neat facade of yellow Formica laminate panels (near right, top) — all the neater for their lack of hardware — is hidden a cache of cabinets and shelves for silver, glassware, small appliances and a fold-out table.

Details are the proot of the careful thought and planning that dictated the design at the system. Note a rolling cart that tilts into its own recess beside the table (far right). A multipurpose unit, it serves as a buffet or chopping block, with extra leaves that pull out on either side.

The panel-cum-table was designed as the answer to on-the-go snacks and cabinetry within it. Roll it out when needed, then slip it back.

A pair of low-backed Swedish bar stools stand nearby, to be pulled over at mealtime. When the table is down, clear shelves are revealed, holding glassware, serving pieces and a toaster, all lit by an inset spot in the cabinet.

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A panel-cum-table was designed as the answer to on-the-go snacks

Overhead, a broad green band masks a built-in wine rack following the lines of the ceiling. All together, it makes a charming vignette with the “Eagle” print by artist John Rushven.

A vintage kitchen from the seventies

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