Our kitchen was truly built to last. Since we moved in on May 27th 2016 we have given the kitchen and it’s appliances a workout. We love to entertain, and this kitchen was designed for entertainers that like to cook and not just serve cocktails.
The kitchen was made by Mutschler, they are no longer in business, and it is ashamed as they really knew how to build a kitchen that stands the test of time. Our preservationist hearts say keep it as is [and we will], our modernist hearts say ‘you know if all we did was reface the cabinets + change counter tops + update appliances this kitchen WOULD look like it would fit with current trends. The hardware and cabinetry are solid – they even have soft closing drawers, the layout is great and the size if perfect.
Here is a view of the kitchen from the real estate listing, and as you can tell nothing has changed, with the exception of some accessories and the flooring. We updated the flooring to unify with the rest of the house.
The appliances are all electric and made by GE, they are in copper-tone finish. The fridge has selves that are easy to adjust up and down along, but our favorite feature is the swing our shelves so you can easily clean and access anything that is shoved to the back.
The butter conditioner works as it states, the butter truly will be hard – medium – soft.
The double ovens feature a dinner dial, and have a working meat thermometer and rotisserie [it makes the best roast chicken].
YEP! We use these appliances everyday and they keep on producing delicious meals for friends and family. Just a quick tour … for now ….
We have been celebrating the life of Florence Marguerite Knoll Bassett over here at the Frost House, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do so than to FINALLY purchase the outdoor furniture we have always wanted for the pool deck. With a house filled room-to-room with Knoll furniture it was an easy decision really. So coming soon we will be adding a few pieces designed by Richard Schultz from his 1966 Collection [see below].
They will be going on the right had side of the pool deck to provide more seating for cocktail hour. Now that this purchase has drained our garden budget for 2019, it is back to saving our pennies in the hopes to replace the lounge chairs in 2020. We are keeping our eye on the prize, to make it all knoll #knollfordays.
We have been on the hunt for vintage pieces, and we have 4 lounges that we found on our back patio, off the guest bedrooms – but we could never find a large enough collection in matching colors to fit our pool. Bring on the delivery, and bring on summer so we can get out there and cocktail again – this time in comfort – and to toast a few to the legend – Florence Knoll.
For more on Florence, and to get the 101: on her connection to the Frost House head over here, & over here; to learn about her life – Knoll has a lovely tribute to ‘Shu’ that you can read here.
Thank-you Lakefront Living for featuring us in the local Magazine and naming us a ‘local landmark’. We are working towards having the house listed on the National Historic Registry, and making good progress. In the meantime – we will accept your kind words of adding us to a list of other local historic landmarks. Also thank-you to the lovely locals that have reached out to us with stories of your own about the house, we love hearing them.
We are looking forward to our next home-tour event for 2018, coming up on Oct 6th. Sadly, this will be the last one for 2018, but stay tuned for more events in 2019.
This upcoming event will be hosted by Fernwood Botanical Garden + Buchanan Preservation Society, both are located in nearby Buchanan Michigan. If you haven’t been to this part of the world – we recommend the visit: the gardens are lovely [we adore the Patrick Dougherty Living sculpture]; and Buchanan is a picture perfect piece of Americana with two current National Register Historic Districts.
Here are the details:
Join us for a special talk and reception at Michigan City’s fabulous mid-century modern prefab, The Frost House.
Michigan City, Indiana October 6, 2018 4 to 6pm Central 5 to 7pm Eastern
We had a wonderful time partnering with Soho House Chicago and with our party sponsor Grey Goose hosting a summer soiree with Soho House Members. Everyone got to enjoy a private tour of the home and then sat down to a BBQ feast served family style on the back lawn. In between tours and feasting there were plenty of Grey Goose – Vodka cocktails served. Guest enjoyed their cocktails with some croquet of the lawn, swimming + lounging by the pool, meanwhile we soaked in and admired the serious display of period appropriate attire [caftans + turbans], we love even more that some brought, and made, wardrobe changes. If only every Saturday in summer had a soiree like this, we will just keep dreaming and in the meantime will share some of our favorite photos from the event.
Pool right before the guest arrived. [Soho House Chicago Photography]Here are a few more photos taken by Bob Coscarelli.
At this time of the year we get to wake up to these amazing views out the front windows. All it takes is some rain + humidity + sun + mother nature. We can stare at these scenes all-day, but they only last a few short hours at best. It is always great way to start your day.
Here are a few others from last season, around the same time of year. It is fun learning the seasonal changes of the house and garden.