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Did every NJ kitchen have that Tuscan look in the early 2000s?

Why do I feel like EVERY kitchen in New Jersey had this specific aesthetic in the early to mid 2000s?

I’m talking about that Tuscan country house/farmhouse aesthetic that we once saw as the pinnacle of culinary luxury, opulence and class. This was the fanciest and most coveted kitchen one could have and it gave a great deal*olive garden*.

The warm brown tones, the terra-cotta floors, the endless crown molding, the cream-colored tiles, the marble countertops, the stone accents, the wooden cabinets, the elaborate lighting accented with vine-shaped iron, the dangling faux vines. More was more!

Source: Various catalog images

Source: Various catalog images

And the ROOSTER. Roosters were everywhere! Why did we try so hard to convince everyone that we are winemakers living on a Tuscan vineyard? in the New Jersey?

I ask because that’s exactly the kitchen aesthetic we had at my family’s home in South Jersey at the time. We even had a white pillar painted with gold accents to look like marble. As if we were living in a Roman temple.

Good food was guaranteed in this kitchen. If you had spent a week in a house with a kitchen that looked like this, you would have gained 5 pounds before you left. I can imagine Tony Soprano wandering into the fridge for some Gabagool discs.

Source: Various catalog images

Source: Various catalog images

And STILL …. and yet. It was not Everyone cool! Oddly enough, I find this aesthetic homey and soothing. The kind of comfort that comes with waves of nostalgia. It was certainly a far cry from the airy, gray-and-white minimalist kitchens we mostly favor today.

Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash

Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash

PS if your kitchen still has that Tuscan look. No offense. Because without a doubt, your home is the vacation destination, and when you’re in that kitchen, you’re family.

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Did everyone in NJ have THIS Tuscan style kitchen in the early 2000s?

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