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Steal This Look: A Hudson Valley DIY Kitchen by a Stealth Design Star

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Steal This Look: A Hudson Valley DIY Kitchen by a Stealth Design Star

November 26, 2019

Designer Deborah Ehrlich favors deconstruction over renovation and reduction over decoration. Her 1722 Hudson Valley farmhouse is proof: Ehrlich opened up the floor plan, exposed beams and plaster walls, sanded the floor, relocated the kitchen to a room originally used to store wood, and then, she says, “just left it.” The relocated kitchen is now part of a clapboard addition to the stone house, and is kitted out with handbuilt plywood countertops, a vintage utility sink, and a modified Viking oven. To re-create the look of Ehrlich’s kitchen, read on.

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Above: Ehrlich’s commissioned utilitarian table in the kitchen. Photograph by Justine Hand from House Call: At Home in the Hudson Valley with Designer Deborah Ehrlich.
A Viking wall oven with custom wood oven pull is set into a plywood counter with a gas cooktop above. Photograph by Justine Hand from House Call: At Home in the Hudson Valley with Designer Deborah Ehrlich.
Above: A Viking wall oven with custom wood oven pull is set into a plywood counter with a gas cooktop above. Photograph by Justine Hand from House Call: At Home in the Hudson Valley with Designer Deborah Ehrlich.
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Above: Ehrlich’s flatware, inherited from family, is stored out in the open. Photograph by Justine Hand from House Call: At Home in the Hudson Valley with Designer Deborah Ehrlich.
A vintage utility sink adds to the workshop feel of the kitchen. Photograph by Justine Hand from House Call: At Home in the Hudson Valley with Designer Deborah Ehrlich.
Above: A vintage utility sink adds to the workshop feel of the kitchen. Photograph by Justine Hand from House Call: At Home in the Hudson Valley with Designer Deborah Ehrlich.

Appliances

The Viking Professional 30-Inch Single Electric Wall Oven is a similar model to the Viking oven that Ehrlich modified with a wooden pull and inset into a handmade plywood counter. It&#8
Above: The Viking Professional 30-Inch Single Electric Wall Oven is a similar model to the Viking oven that Ehrlich modified with a wooden pull and inset into a handmade plywood counter. It’s $4,499 at AJ Madison.
The Viking Professional 30-Inch Gas Cooktop is a newer model than Ehrlich&#8
Above: The Viking Professional 30-Inch Gas Cooktop is a newer model than Ehrlich’s cooktop. It’s $1,559 at AJ Madison.

Faucets & Fixtures

The Chicago Faucets Wall-Mounted Kitchen Sink Faucet is $
Above: The Chicago Faucets Wall-Mounted Kitchen Sink Faucet is $182.99 at the Chicago Faucet Shoppe.
The Kohler Bannon -Inch Wall Mount Service Sink has the feel of a vintage utility sink like the one in Ehrlich&#8
Above: The Kohler Bannon 24-Inch Wall Mount Service Sink has the feel of a vintage utility sink like the one in Ehrlich’s kitchen (Deborah’s was a gift from a friend); $919.58 at eFaucets. For more, see 10 Easy Pieces: Utility Sinks.

Lighting

The Lowell Pendant
Above: The Lowell Pendant 2.25-Inch Light is available in a black (shown), brass, or satin nickel shade; $149 at Schoolhouse Electric.
The Norfolk 4-Inch Ceiling Light has a retro appeal; $9 at Schoolhouse Electric.
Above: The Norfolk 4-Inch Ceiling Light has a retro appeal; $179 at Schoolhouse Electric.

Furniture

If you&#8
Above: If you’re in the UK, you’re in luck, with easy-to-source antique chapel chairs like this Antique Dark Church Chair without Bible Back at UKAA.
Ehrlich has a Saarinen Tulip Armless Chair, available new for $loading=
Above: Ehrlich has a Saarinen Tulip Armless Chair, available new for $1,769 at Design Within Reach.

Accessories

You can source a similar simple schoolhouse chalkboard from restaurant supply stores. This one, the Aarco Oak 36-Inch Black Chalk Board, is $88.99 at Webstaurant Store.
Above: You can source a similar simple schoolhouse chalkboard from restaurant supply stores. This one, the Aarco Oak 36-Inch Black Chalk Board, is $88.99 at Webstaurant Store.
The Provendi Soap Holder is €. for the holder alone at Provendi.
Above: The Provendi Soap Holder is €20.20 for the holder alone at Provendi.
The Home Basics
Above: The Home Basics 2-Tier Dish Drainer is $29.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
J. R. Watkins Dish Soap in Grapefruit is Ehrlich&#8
Above: J. R. Watkins Dish Soap in Grapefruit is Ehrlich’s choice; $9.09 on Amazon.
The Elly Dish Towel in blue and white is $3.99 for a set of four at Ikea.
Above: The Elly Dish Towel in blue and white is $3.99 for a set of four at Ikea.
One of Ehrlich&#8
Above: One of Ehrlich’s Maple Cutting Boards hangs on the wall behind the sink. It’s made locally from maple; $125 for the smallest of the three at March.
The Sabre Paris Basic 5-Piece Place Setting in Khaki is $89.95 at Yvonne Estelle&#8
Above: The Sabre Paris Basic 5-Piece Place Setting in Khaki is $89.95 at Yvonne Estelle’s. For more, see 10 Easy Pieces: Bistro-Style Stainless Flatware.
The Mason Cash Mixing Bowls in white start at $.40 on Amazon.
Above: The Mason Cash Mixing Bowls in white start at $10.40 on Amazon.
The Staub Cast Iron Round Cocotte in Basil starts at $
Above: The Staub Cast Iron Round Cocotte in Basil starts at $215 at Williams Sonoma.
A Bredemeijer Cosy Manto Teapot is $94.95 on Amazon. New, its copper base is shiny, but in time it will develop a rustic patina.
Above: A Bredemeijer Cosy Manto Teapot is $94.95 on Amazon. New, its copper base is shiny, but in time it will develop a rustic patina.
On the dining table are Ehrlich&#8
Above: On the dining table are Ehrlich’s own Simple Crystal White Wine Glasses, designed in her Hudson studio and handblown in Sweden; $70 each at March. You can also get them directly through Ehrlich on Spring; $130 for a set of two.
The Ted Meuhling E. R. Butler Biedermeier Candlesticks in Satin Silver are available through Kneen & Co.
Above: The Ted Meuhling E. R. Butler Biedermeier Candlesticks in Satin Silver are available through Kneen & Co.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 22, 2017.

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