Taking It to Hearth
In a 1775-style keeping room, a Rhode Island native
shares her passion for Colonial cooking
written by jill connors • produced by lynda sutton
photographed by nat rea
Today’s kitchen design trends tend to play up such elements as the recy- cled content of countertop materials, the sleekness of cabinetry, and the performance of appliances, but there’s one enduring trait: the kitchen as gathering space. From that point of view, Ellen Madison’s 1775-style keeping room hits the spot, for there is no more inviting space in the house than this 25-by-15-foot room with wide pine-board floors, dove-gray painted mantel, and antique brick hearth.
Just don’t waste time looking for the countertop material du jour. For work surface,
there’s the 19th-century harvest table and several 100-year-old breadboards. Sleek cabinetry? Dishes and cookware are stored on shelves behind paneled doors with strap hinges.
High-performance appliances? Step up to the brick hearth and start stoking the fire.
sharing at woody hill