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A Kitchen Treat

Happy Halloween! In honor of this holiday, which could go either way, depending on my mood (tread carefully today) I'll give you a treat, rather than a trick! Take a look at this (appropriately pumpkin colored) kitchen. How charming is it?? A perfect kitchen for today, October 31, with it's warm, cozy, colors and materials.

I do believe this kitchen has not been changed for quite a few decades! I really should find out how many decades. It is used every single day by Thorvald, my (very active) 93 year old uncle in Denmark. Images were taken in August when I was there on vacation. I've seen this kitchen all my life, and this trip was the first time it occurred to me to photograph it. I'm so glad I did. Don't you see a life well lived? Notice the case of Tuborg beer in front of the curtain in the fourth image-he's always ready for guests. :) Enjoy this special treat!


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I am Thorvalds daughter and I can inform you that my parents, my brother and I moved into the apartment in 1954, so my dad, who has been alone since January this year, has lived in this apartment with the same kitchen shown in the pictures for 53 years. Of course he repainted the kitchen a couple of times. Notice all the plants. My dad has "green fingers" and delivers plant cuttings to the activity center in the nursing home he is visiting twice a week.

Thank you Susan for showing the images. I enjoy to look at them even though I see the kitchen so often when I visit my dad.

Cousin Lis

November 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLis Kofod

Lis, thanks for writing!! 53 years, that must be a record of some sort. There should be a contest in Denmark to give a new kitchen to the one who has the oldest working kitchen. I hope maybe you have seen it in a little different way. :) You need to visit New York again soon. When can you come??

November 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

i love this pretty kitchen too. maybe is for the orange and for the little spaces.

November 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterValentina

Hello Valentina! Glad you like it, I think it really is charming. Thanks for stopping by.

November 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD


I stumbled upon your blog in my frantic search for yet another kitchen to inspire us in our renovation that starts next week.

I am Danish and grew up in Denmark. I just wanted to say how I love the case of Tuborg and I love even more that you pointed it out. That's is just so Danish.

I will read further into your blog.


March 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarian

Marian, glad you stopped by. Don't forget the Scandinavian kitchens category in the sidebar!

March 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

I really like the idea of creating a fresh Scandinavian look for my kitchen and I stumbled across your web site in search of inspiration.
I just wanted to say the kitchen belonging to Thorvald still looks fresh even after 50+ years!

March 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Uncle Thorvald, and my cousin, Lis, will see your comment and it will make them feel really great. Thank you so much!

March 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

You are very welcome. I will be visiting your site regularly as I love some of the ideas I've seen in the Scandinavian blog.
I'm from the U.K. but I live in Toronto,Canada and the winters are very long here, and the lack of daylight during the winter season is somewhat similar to the Scandinavian region, so the idea of creating lightness and brightness is not only appealing but essential!
Keep up the good work!

March 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

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