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wedreambuilders

I have the same doors between rooms in my house and use the keys everyday to keep them operational. It's my nod to tradition and craftsmenship.

   
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celestina89

@Blue Wren: How about this one from 1911...... :)


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Blue Wren

@celestina89 - Yes! Yes! Yes! I think they really had it right (and check out the gorgeous stove). The cabinet I was talking about previously; although it looked like the one in the photo you posted, it was actually built in, like the one in this photo, so there was no chance of me offering to buy it. After we moved out of that place it was about 2 years before they gutted the place so it was rented to other people at about 3 times the price that we were paying. Had I known when they were gutting the place I definitely would have put in a bid for the cabinet. These days they might have (MIGHT HAVE) tried to salvage and sell it, but there is still a lot of wholesale destruction going on in Melbourne of Victorian homes such that there are very few of them now that resemble the original homes. Many suburbs are "heritage" but all that really means is they have to preserve the street-side facade. So many homes have been gutted with hideous (and very expensive) contemporary extensions and renovations. Most of these Victorian cottages were fairly modest smaller homes with lovely detailing like cornices, ceiling roses or pressed metal ceilings, terrazzo or tessellated floor tiles in the bathroom etc; now people are putting on extensions that are 2 to 3 times the size of the original house which dwarf the original structure thereby completely destroying the scale of the home and are rarely complementary to the original architecture. What's more, they always seem to be the same and everyone will be tearing it all out in 20 years for the next new shiny thing. It's just plain vandalism.

Now that my rant is finished we can get back to your photo: That kitchen is just perfect; tiles to the ceiling (and 4 metre high ceilings at that), 2 sinks, one perfectly proportioned island that is useful from every side (not so enormous that half the real estate in the middle is useful for nothing but collecting junk), that expansive and divine cabinet and the drool-worthy stove. Pretty much the kitchen of my dreams.

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