Grace Arbor Heirloom Kitchens are for the tiny discerning chef who appreciates fine woodworking while creating imaginary feasts. Perfect for hiding all sorts of chef supplies and your TV remote, every nook and cranny has been consciously created with an adventurous tot in mind.

“Grace Arbor Heirloom Kitchens are the materialization of my love for reclaimed wood and my desire to build something beautiful for our daughter, Grace. My wife and I are both drawn to the rustic charm of French Country interiors, so I sketched a number of ‘dream’ kitchens inspired by the utility and craftsmanship of these bucolic workspaces.

As Grace pulled herself up to standing, her endless preoccupation with taking objects out and putting them away drove the kitchen’s components; I strove to maximize the number of nooks and crannies for tactile development, fine motor skills and imaginative play. I also wanted a balance of real (a light-switch, antique hardware) and make-believe (stenciled burners, faucets fashioned from reclaimed wooden chair legs). The result is a piece of furniture that not only sparks my young daughter’s imagination, but adds warmth and whimsy to our craftsman style beach cottage – without adding more plastic!

Every Grace Arbor Heirloom Kitchen is a one-of-a kind, handmade piece of art, individually branded and numbered. Each kitchen is also built to last with organic and non-toxic paints and finishes. Your Grace Arbor Heirloom Kitchen comes to you as a future family heirloom, ready to be passed from one generation to the next. General wear and tear will only add to its original charm.”

– Mark Odlum, Grace Arbor Heirloom Kitchens

mark odlum grace arbor play kitchensMeet Mark

Born into a New England family of carpenters and artists, Mark’s passion for woodworking began as an apprentice to his grandfather, a master carpenter of mahogany furniture.  Breathing new life into reclaimed wood and discarded pieces of furniture soon led to a series of custom pieces for clients in Los Angeles, Boston and New York City. Mark has a Marketing degree from Providence College with a Studio Art minor in painting. Follow Mark’s work here.