"The Aunts were not invited to potluck suppers or library fund-raisers,
but when a woman in town quarreled with her lover...
she'd be at the Owens' back foor, just after twilight...
"
(Alice Hoffman, 'Practical Magic' )

 

To the Aunts, brewing up a butterfly weed tea for nerves or mixing pennyroyal
"with ingredients that couldn't even be spoken aloud" was second nature.
These restless experimenters would beed a laboratory. Surely they'd do
some of their concocting in the kitchen where glass cloches, traditionally used
to shelter cheese, lend a scientific air. But Robin decided that the conservatory
(visible through the French Doors opposite) would be where they'd mix and measure...


The New England-style home also features a roomy kitchen - the heart of the house -
which centers around a British aga-gas stove. "The aga is almost like a shrine,"
elaborates (Robin) Standefer. "This is the place where they do their work;
it's where they place the cauldron."

 

"The kitchen is light, utopian, jovial," says Robin (Standefer).
"It's the most used room on the set, the heart of the house."
She wanted it to be full of creams -- from the tiles by Ann Sacks
to the Aga stove -- punctuated by dark floors and a trussed high ceiling
that "harks back to seventeenth-century English cottages."


In the kitchen... Robin decided the glass in the cabinet doors should be rippled,
as handblown glass would have been a hundred years ago.
"It casts a different light," she says. That kind of detail --
fleeting thought it may be on film -- makes the world of the movie come alive....


Above text from Victoria Magazine, Casting a Decorative Spell, October 1998