Thursday, December 18, 2008

Historic Home

Many of our clients own the most beautiful and historically significant homes in this country. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to see these dwellings so I thought I would share a few images from a recent trip to Maryland (near Antietam).

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Family Tradition

Timeless Kitchen Design was created as a line of kitchen cabinetry based on my father's furniture. Bryce Ritter continues to operate today, making vanities, kitchen tables and all other types of furniture for the home. Visit him at

Part of our design philosophy is to include the use of free-standing cabinetry in our kitchen layouts. Bryce and I partner on many projects as he furnishes the kitchen with custom cupboards, tables and seating.

And the family tradition continues at Uphome, a fantastic shop operated by my mother, Linda Ritter. The store offers unique home furnishings from the US and abroad as well as jewelry and other perfect holiday gifts.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Before and After in Gladwyne, PA

Recently we completed a kitchen in a beautiful home in Gladwyne, PA that was in need of a an "update". Please see our before and after shots. The kitchen isn't quite complete - Valley Tin
Works will soon install a backsplash and the homeowner is still adding a few finishing touches.
Contact us to find out how we "updated" with period-inspired kitchen cabinetry:

Sunday, December 7, 2008

In Print: "A Kitchen Worthy of the House"

The Winter 2008 "Early Homes" magazine by Old House Interiors features a great article titled "A Kitchen Worthy of the House" by Mary Ellen Polson. The article discusses several schools of thought regarding kitchen design for old homes - including a few of my own thoughts. Mary Ellen interviewed us about our approach to kitchen design and featured a few beautiful shots of our work. I always thought this was a beautiful magazine. It is a great resource for anyone interested in period homes or "period-inspired" homes.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

MetalloArts Rangehoods

Visit our friend Chris Plummer and his team at MetalloArts for custom range hoods and panels at .

Check out their Range Hood Builder application on the website to design your own custom range hood.

Their other company: Valley Tin Works offers a wide range of tin panels perfect for your kitchen backsplash -

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Perfect Countertops

Looking for the perfect countertop material for your kitchen? Check out Bucks County Soapstone. We partner with with them on most of our kitchen projects and are continually impressed by their workmanship and their product.

This photo was taken this morning when they delivered and installed a sink and countertop in Gladwyne, PA. The soapstone shown here is the natural color of soapstone before it is oiled.

Check back for updates as this kitchen is completed.

Find Bucks County Soapstone online at:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Real Vintage #1:

Vintage is a commonly used term today as it applies to interiors - but this kitchen is truly "VINTAGE". One of our "potential" clients recently purchased a stately old home with many original details intact. We may be designing and building a new kitchen around many of the old fixtures.

The stove is still functional though it leaks. The new homeowner is considering having it restored and using it. The old icebox refrigerator was used up until recently. Original built-in cabinetry has been well cared for and will be left in place. An old gas lamp still stands next to the range. It is a great space....check back for updates.

For anyone that is interested: The range and icebox may be available for sale - please contact us through our website if interested.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kitchen Untouched for 100 years.....

OK, I've been a slacker. Time to be more diligent about my postings.

Today I had the chance to see an incredible home that was recently purchased by a potential client. The house, located in suburban Philadelphia, has been well maintained but relatively unchanged since the turned of the century...the last century.

As kitchen specialist, I was blown away by what I saw in the kitchen.

Check back for updates. I will be posting photos as the project proceeds.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Beautiful Hardware

Great cabinetry needs great hardware. This is why most of our hardware is made by hand by local blacksmiths in Pennsylvania. Our standard hinge is a "butterfly, rattail" hinge shown on this image. We also offer custom pulls and handles for appliances. We offer all hardware for sale - please contact us for current pricing.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Hide that refrigerator!

The inventive folks at Subzero design the 700 Series refrigerators so that they can be fully integrated into the cabinetry. This allows us to create face panels and enclosures so that the refrigerator appears to be an antique armoire, pie safe with punched tin panels or even an old-fashioned ice box. Period or reproduction handles complete the illusion. Visit the Subzero website for details:

The new blog....

Obviously, we are still under construction at the moment. We hope for this blog to be a place where we can discuss our current projects and other kitchen design issues. Please check back as we complete our blog design.