1 The bright and spacious kitchen at the back of the house has always been an important part of this great edifice.
2 The kitchen was designed for functionality. During the summer months, there were always many mouths to feed.
3 This is my 'Great Wall of China' - I took every white dish I could find in the cupboards and put them on display.
4 I found this porcelain fishmonger's table in an antique store and I think it's the perfect accompaniment for the china.
5 Eighteen stools of various heights were gathered from the rest of the house and painted white. Guests, short or tall, can sit where they are the most comfortable around the metal-topped table.
6 Simple, antique schoolhouse lights grace the ceiling.
7 Opposite the 'Great Wall of China' is the cappuccino station. Guests are free to help themselves whenever they need a coffee fix.
8 I installed a new bank of stoves beneath the original fan hood. Alongside the stove, a panini press has a home atop a baker's rack.
9 The original subway tile makes for an excellent back splash and floor surround for the stove area.
10 Conveniently located to the right of the cooking area is the cookware pantry.
11 The wash-up area is across from the stoves. The two enameled sinks are original to the house.
12 Each sink has its own wooden drainage board.
13 I get excellent yogurt and milk from nearby Smith Family Farm. http://www.smithfarmmdi.com/ I take the empty glass containers back to the farm when I need to purchase more.
14 To the right of the sinks is the sun-lit baking pantry. Batters and doughs of all sorts are mixed in this space.
15 Giant jars of flour and sugar line the wide windowsill.
16 Right off the kitchen is the butler's pantry, or servery. Much of this fine china belonged to Mrs. Ford.
17 For example, this is her beautiful Limoges tea set.
18 This old dry-weight scale is very precise.
19 A deep galvanized sink makes cleanup a breeze.
20 An assortment of big, metal topped glass storage jars sits on the window ledge over the sink.
21 The butler's pantry also has a fabulous linen press. All this woodwork, by the way, is cypress from the swamps of Mississippi and Louisiana.
22 The drawers are filled with exquisite Irish, Portuguese, French, and Italian hand-embroidered napkins and placemats.
23 Laundered and pressed tablecloths are stored on wooden poles and stored beneath a rolling tambour.
24 This original Frigidaire chills bar supplies.
25 Just down the hall is an entire wall of original Frigidaire refrigerators and cooling drawers. They are pretty magnificent and continue humming along.