8 Retro Kitchen Essentials Julia Child Would Love
Stock your kitchen with these vintage-inspired favorites—all available on Amazon.
They say what’s old is always new again, and there’s something about that charming kitchen your grandmother's had—and loved—for 40 years. Homes stuck in time seem to have sparked a wave of new, retro-inspired decor and gadgets, including kitchen appliances, serving, and décor essentials like glass milk jugs, Jadeite dishes, and even bread boxes. You might not have time to scour local antique stores, but there are ways to stock your kitchen with old-school charm, piece by piece, without even leaving the comfort of your own couch.
Brands like Smeg and Nostalgia on Amazon have been nailing the retro craze lately, and I'm here for it. While I do live in a tiny New York apartment, which for me means cooking with basically miniature appliances and minimal countertop space, I have dreams of one day having a sprawling kitchen decked out in 1950s- and 60s-inspired decor.
Rosanna Petit Treat Cake Stand
You don’t need a special occasion to use this adorable porcelain cake stand with a subtle scalloped rim. Display it on your counter all year long to inspire you to do more baking.
To buy: $40; amazon.com.
Home Basics Retro Bread Box
This colorful retro bread box will help keep loaves fresh and will look pretty while doing—choose from five different colors to find the perfect one for your kitchen's aesthetic.
To buy: $30; amazon.com.
50s Retro Stoneware Salt and Pepper Shakers
Add a touch of art deco flair to your kitchen table with this timeless set of old-school salt and pepper shakers.
To buy: $13; amazon.com.
Smeg 2-Slice Toaster
Smeg really hit the retro mark with this mid-century-inspired toaster that comes in six different colors, including pastel pink and green. And if you really want to take your kitchen back in time, the home brand also offers a kettle and a blender in the same nostalgic style.
To buy: $160; amazon.com.
Mosser Glassware Jadeite Mixing Bowl Set
Skip shopping at estate sales for Jadeite kitchen pieces. While these mixing bowls aren’t originals from the Jadeite Fire King brand, they're a great kitchen staple for whipping up all of your favorite recipes.
To buy: $70; amazon.com.
Nostalgia Retro 3-in-1 Family Size Breakfast Station
Toast up to four pieces of bread while brewing coffee and frying eggs with this genius throwback appliance.
To buy: $66; amazon.com.
Butter Bell The Original Butter Bell Crock
This adorable butter crock is designed like a classic French ceramic butter (or "beurre") dish with retro cafe vibes. But it isn't just easy on the eyes (it comes in 13 colors), it'll keep your butter the perfect temperature and spreadable consistency without needing to be refrigerated.
To buy: $25; amazon.com.
California Home Goods Vintage Glass Bottles
Simple, classic, and perfect for kids, these vintage-style mini milk bottles will be a go-to for anything you can think of: serving juice at breakfast, as a vase displaying small stems, or for storing small portions of milk (they come with lids!).
To buy: $22 for set of 12; amazon.com.