Published at Monday, April 08th, 2019 - 06:53:59 AM. Kitchen. By Sylvie Auguste.
To add a touch of utilitarian elegance, the inclusion of an old fashioned butler's pantry to your kitchen will fit the bill. A butler's pantry will contain your fine china, crystal, silverware, serving platters, and other items used when you entertain guests. Usually located between the kitchen and dining room, this area allows the butler (or you) to prepare the dining room, serve guests, and perform preliminary cleanup without getting in the way of the kitchen staff (or you, again). If you include a sink and mini-fridge in the butler's pantry, it greatly enhances your ability to entertain, and not be stuck in the kitchen.
The middle classes would often use the kitchen as the main family room, whereas the upper classes really used it just as a kitchen and usually allowed the room to be run entirely by cooks and maids. All the things we take for granted now such as running water and sinks, electricity to boil a kettle or light the room, were not so readily available throughout history. In the very early days, people had to carry pots or jugs of water a long way.
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