The “Unfitted” Kitchen

itscomplicated kitchen

{It’s Complicated Kitchen via Cote de Texas}

Although I painstakingly design kitchens to maximize every possible square inch, I do love the look of an “unfitted kitchen.”  To me, “unfitted,” literally means that the cabinets are not fitted between walls.  This was the manner in which kitchens were once installed in homes before the German cabinet company, SieMatic, introduced the worlds first “fitted” kitchen. 

While the images I have assembled may not be a literal translation, they embody the same principles of the kitchens of the early 20th century.  These kitchens recall a time before sippy cups and loose Tupperware, before steam ovens, built-in coffee makers, warming drawers, and 15″ wide ice makers.  These kitchens’ imperfect charm still inspire designers and homeowners today.  Fortunately technology today makes it easier than ever to show the appliances we want to see, and hide the ones we don’t!

southern accents kitchen


{Southern Accents}

newlyweddiaries kitchen

{Newlywed Diaries}

jill sharp brinson

{Jill Sharp Brinson}

steven gambrel kitchen

{Steven Gambrel }


{P. Joe Shaffer}

martha stewart living kitchen via newlywed

{Martha Stewart Living}

martha-bedford-stable-kitchen-eddie-ross via newlywed diaries

{Martha Stewart Living}

plain english kitchen via newlywed diaries

{Plain English Cabinetry via Newlywed Diaries}

plain english23

{Plain English}

plain english

{Plain English}

the holiday kitchen - iris

{Iris’ Kitchen from The Holiday}


kent lineberger

{Kent Lineberger}

chris novak berry

{Chris Novak Berry}

amanda holiday kitchen

{Amanda’s kitchen from The Holiday}

steven gambrel sea captain

{Steven Gambrel}