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Is it time for a new kitchen aesthetic? Sleek finishes, custom-designed cabinetry and integrated appliances have been de rigeur in all of the best kitchens for the past decade, but why not consider a style that’s more vintage, eclectic, shabby chic, retro, or even beachy? Elements of the style include cupboards, tables and shelving that rarely match but all have a sense of nostalgia and timelessness. Layering creates the look, with kitchen accessories and tools, in a mix of colours and finishes, on display — but there is usually one hero piece that anchors the space. A stylish refrigerator usually does the trick — the key is to ensure that beautiful vintage styling melds seamlessly with the most efficient 21st century technology. >> Read online

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