What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Big Chill


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Big Chill, whose glorious retro-designed kitchen appliances and gas stoves I’ve drooled over for years, challenged me to design a kitchen around the color of the month. Happily, this month’s color is one of my all-time favorites, turquoise! If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know color inspires me more than almost anything else, so I jumped at the chance.

After Hurricane Sandy destroyed our first floor, we spent six months living like (first world) refugees. We shared a tiny, unfurnished apartment with our elderly cat and another displaced friend and her elderly dogs. We ate takeout and sat in lawn chairs and worried incessantly about money and flood insurance and contractors and when we were going to feel at home again.

Like many people affected by the storm, everything in our house needed replacing, but because we were living in an apartment without a functioning kitchen, the new kitchen design became my number 1 priority. The very first choice we made and, consequently, the inspiration for the rest of the house, was the kitchen counter (Caesarstone Deep Ocean). As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the first piece of the puzzle. Had I seen the glorious retro appliances by Big Chill, I would have been all over them! First, let me show you how the kitchen turned out. We’re still really in love with it, and there have been many, many happy days and nights in this room!

Color has always inspired me, and the colors in Big Chill’s retro line make me go weak in the knees. I really love an eclectic mix of styles, so I would love to pair their appliances with hyper-modern cabinets, and a mix of vintage and sleek, modern touches.

  1. Modern Kitchen photo by
  2. Original Retro Fridge by Big Chill
  3. Pantone Serving Set in Indian Teal from All Modern
  4. Halves High-Gloss-Finish Wooden Floor/Wall Tiles by Moonish on Houzz
  5. Vintage Glass Funnel Lamp by AuraSoBright on Etsy
  6. 36″ Retro Stove by Big Chill
  7. Cast Iron Curtain Tiebacks by TheShabbyStore on Etsy
  8. Navy Triangle Curtains by Land of Nod
  9. Piatra Gray Counter by Caesarstone
  10. Coral and Starfish Dessert Plates from Pottery Barn
  11. Tiny Travel Dishes from Artful Home
  12. Moroccan Indoor/Outdoor Table Runner by LoveLilJax on Etsy
  13. Carey Dining Chair by Target
  14. Oddysey Subway Stainless Steel Backsplash Tile by Wall & Tile on Houzz
Ironically, as I was putting together this post, our fridge started misbehaving. Who knows? Maybe there’s a Big Chill in my near future after all!


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “The Big Chill

  1. Just looking at that stove makes me want to put on a polka dotted apron and some big band tunes… 💜

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  2. I love your style both in your own kitchen and in the design you came up with for your blog post today. The turquoise appliances appeal to me (also one of my favourite colours) and I always like that idea of contrasting vintage or vintage looking pieces with thinks that are contemporary. Knowing I’m not a minimalist, I like looks that allow for eclecticism. I’m actually reading your blog while sitting in my kitchen which I now kind of want to rip out.

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    • Like the rest of my brain, my design style is a little bit of everything. At least I’m consistent!

      Did you check out the rest of their colors? They’re all yummy. I even like the yellow and orange, and those are definitely not colors to which I would normally be drawn. Don’t rip out your kitchen. If you like eclectic, why not consider just changing out a few key items? The good thing about the pop of color idea is that you can pretty easily change your accent color.

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      • I did. I definitely like the turquoise best. Funnily enough, the kitchen is the most modern part of our house. While the rest was still stuck in 1970, the kitchen is from 1990. I love the storage space in my kitchen but it would benefit from more work surface. The cabinets are rather bland. It’s all in too good condition to justify overhauling yet though – especially when other areas of the house really need work. I’ve a plan to repaint the room though including a layer of magnetic paint on one wall so I can use it to pin notes and kid art work up rather than that being all over the fridge.

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      • Magnetic paint is a great idea!

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  3. AHHHHHH!!!! I want all of those appliances!!! I have a funky, orange kitchen, and I love it… But this is what’s missing! And – you are an awesome designer of kitchens! I love yours. You guys need to come visit, so you can redesign mine… With turqoise appliances. 😉

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  4. TURQUOISE! I grew up in NM and had a typo in the word turquoise. I’ll be expelled from the club.

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  5. I have been saving for these appliances for the past year. Love love love the design. Can’t wait to redo my tiny kitchen in a 1927 bungalow in Oceanside, NY. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous kitchen.

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  6. Love the mermaid!
    When we were first married, Greg bought a small second-hand refrigerator for our apartment and painted it–wait for it–neon orange!

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    • How cute! We had something similar. Years ago, we lived in a house with a non-smoker (we smoked at the time). We curtained off (and vented) a section of the unfinished basement and turned it into a hookah lounge. We put the old fridge that came with the house down there, painted it copper, and decoupaged the front with turn-of-the century nudes. It was adorable!


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