"It's cozy without being cutesy," says artist Whitney Cowing of the kitchen in her 1911 Arts and Crafts bungalow in Oakland, California. Relying on her experience as a former restaurant manager, Cowing scoured such places as East Bay Restaurant Supply (800-743-2526) for inexpensive piecesincluding the DHC barstools ($35)that would work with her soda-fountain aesthetic. To get a vintage look, she purchased a 1940s Wedgewood stove (from $4,500 from All Gas Appliances; 510-233-0456) and new opalescent lampshades from Omega Too ($90; 510-843-3636).
The stainless steel cabinet with maple top from John Boos holds pots and pans ($1,330; 888-431-2667 or www.johnboos.com). It stands on legs, so you can move it aroundand it's easy to clean underneath.