Thursday, November 10, 2011

10 November 1957 “Blue Green Color Scheme with Clever Wall Storage, and Scones”

bluegreenkitchen1 Although this article was concerning acoustical tiles that allow for a more soundproof home, I was taken by its vibrant color scheme and clever storage. This home is quite small but really a normal size for the burgeoning suburbs of the mid century. Sound was an issue due to the proximity of close neighbors as well as room to room and more open floor plans. Many new home owners of the growing middle class were either old apartment dwellers, who would have found the ‘small’ home quite spacious particularly with their own garden space. While many more established middle class families fractured away from the bigger family homes where grandmother and unmarried aunts people the many bedrooms and multiple floors.

So, the need for sound barrier was enough that it could support a product line. This same sound proofing would continue on as families made ‘rumpus rooms’ in basements and made over screen porches where Father or teens could listen to their new louder Hi-Fi systems without driving mother or neighbor nuts.

I was really taken by the color scheme. We have talked about blue green as a color scheme before. This use of almost navy on the wall with a pistachio on the steel cabinet and hints of robins egg are all married in the fabric of the curtain which slides to make various ‘rooms’.

bluegreenkitchen2 This is my favorite bit. You can see here that these very shallow built ins were part of the acoustical wallboard makeover. but, these very same ideas could easily be done by any homemaker or hubby with a more traditional drywall and stud wall. Simply finding the studs and marking out the size you would need, you could either work in the 16’ width framework or open up a section by removing a bit of one of the studs and shoring it up with a 2x4 bracer at top and bottom. It it is an interior wall, even easier as there will be no insulation in the  way. This is the perfect place to use vintage or expensive wall paper as a backdrop where you could only afford a piece. Even a collage of Wallpapers from a free sample book being tossed by your local paint and paper store.

I have yet to redo my own kitchen. It began with more glorious ideas of add on to include a mudroom and separate laundry room and pantry. Every time I reconsider and think of the waste and money, I get more clever and downsize my plans. This built in ‘laundry room’ would be a clever way to do so. I am considering buying a used stackable washer dryer and selling our current normal sized pair that take up much of my kitchen space. This I would build into a corner and with the built in wall I could add these assets here. The more we think of what we do and how we can be more efficient, the less space we can do with when we use that space to its fullest.

So, again my kitchen plans shrink, but with smaller appliances hidden or below new counter space, I may even find room for my breakfast room I always wanted. And it might not need its own room, but simply another corner of my very small kitchen.

What do you think of the colors? Do you like the idea of combining a few working rooms into one, like laundry/kitchen?

And what does one love to do most in ones kitchen? Cook and Bake, of course and so here is a simple but yummy raison scone recipe. It is quite basic and if you don’t like raisons, chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruits can easily be used alone or in combination. This is just a good basic all round scone recipe.

Raisin Scone

  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1  Tbs baking powder
  3. 3 Tbs sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 5 Tbs chilled butter cut into chunks
  6. 1/2 cup raisons (or similar)
  7. 1 cup cream or canned evaporate milk (use full strength don’t dilute)

Preheat oven to 425 F

Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and add chilled butter cubes. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut butter into flour mixture until it is crumbly. You want little butter chunks as that adds flakiness.

Add raisins and cream stirring to combine. Then sprinkle lightly with more flour and flour a surface to roll dough out upon. Flour hands and place dough on floured surface. Knead one or twice, don’t over work it! Press down to about 1 inch thickness and cut with biscuit cutter or inverted glass. Place on greased cookie sheet and brush on cream/milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake about 12 minutes, but check as you want them to just have the slightest hint of brown. Remember food continues to cook after you take it out of the oven, so take them out a bit before they look brown enough.


scones1 Here they are before oven.scones2 And here they are after baking and setting. scones3 Look at that lovely texture and I love a good raisin scone. I had these as part of my tea break yesterday.

I hope you enjoy these and will consider using space you already have if you are planning any remodels. With our tightening belts we don’t have to do without, we just have to do with MORE brain and planning to most likely better results.

Happy Homemaking.


  1. I love tea! I started with a poppyseed roll from the Polish bakery, sometimes we have simple store- bought cookies or even toast. It's an easy way to spend a few minutes relaxing with kids.

  2. Donna,

    I very much enjoy your blog and your writing. Your's is the last one I read as I save it for when I can savour it. Your journey has taught me so much and I'm looking forward to putting into practise many of the lessons you've shared.

    Thank you so much for the time you take to make this blog such a resource for all of us out here who don't necessarily comment because we don't feel we have much to add.

  3. Dear Donna: What yummy looking scones! I think I will try your recipe. I love little places and making these little places into "grand-living" areas. Like "K" said above, thank you for your time that you put into your blog. I enjoy reading it while I am sitting at my vanity curling my hair in the morning. Your blog makes the time pass by quicker. Thank you again. :)

  4. Super cute kitchen idea - and I love that the doors to the little cupboards are now also art for the kitchen wall. My kids and I have tea time also - great way for them to learn pouring from a small pitcher and drinking from a proper cup. Those scones look yummy!

  5. I love blue and green together too, although I grew up being told 'blue and green should never be seen'. Silly, huh?

    A tip for scone-making: if you place your scones on the tray so the sides are just touching they will help each other to rise. You then just pull them apart when baked.


    Kate (in Australia)

  6. oh how i wish i could eat scones! they look divine! i am currently on a low carb diet because of a diabetes diagnosis and they shoot my blood sugar sky high. i'm not a big sandwich person, but the sweet breads have been hard to let go of.

    adore that kitchen ideas as well. :)


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