HGTV watchers have seen this, and we’ll direct you to a show clip in a minute, but perhaps you’d like to know about the kind of appliances that are available to make a kitchen renovation look 50s-Retro, but operate at the height of 21st Century environmental requirements.

Big Chill and Elmira Northstar appliances are the brands bringing the 1950s look into your new kitchen. Here are some samples, but you can see whole lines HERE.


Northstar Model 1952
The ultimate beverage fridge! The quality, styling, fit & finish you’d expect from Northstar… at a price you might not expect! Perfect for recreation rooms, pool cabanas, bike & hot rod garages, boat houses and, of course, kitchens – anywhere friends and family gather for food and fun!

Model 1952 has most of the amenities you’ll find in our premium-featured Model 1950, at a price almost $1,000 less: 18.2 cubic feet of storage (13.2 in the fresh food area and 5.0 in the freezer) Visi-Shelving, gallon-sized door bins and a top-mount freezer, along with a best-in-category Energy Guide rating of 412 KWh/yr.

  • Width 29-5/8”
  • Side clearance required 0″
  • Hinge side clearance, door 90 degrees 5″
  • Depth inc. door 33”
  • Depth, door @ 90 degrees 57-1/2″
  • Height 69-1/8”
  • Energuide (KWh/yr.) 412
  • Ice maker Optional
  • Left-hand hinge Optional
  • Approximate shipping weight 320 lb.

Stoves can have the same kind of look:

This is an Elmira Northstar stove with backsplash.



  • Width 29-3/4″
  • Height 32″
  • Can be installed with or without
    chrome strips.



To see an HGTV feature showing how appliances like these can add to a kitchen redesign, go to: for a piece called Atomic Retro Kitchen.

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