Harriet Beecher Stowe's kitchen
Photo: Matthew Benson
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Colors from the warm end of the spectrum—particularly reds and yellows—saturate this restored kitchen in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Hartford, Connecticut, house. The 19th-century author of Uncle Tom's Cabin also wrote extensively about household management, and the welcoming effect of this room's warm tones supports her (then revolutionary) mission of turning the kitchen into a cheery place where mothers could pass along their skills to their daughters.
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