This couple downsized from a large historical home and wanted a more modern/transitional approach to their lifestyle and décor. Inspiration came from a beaux arts style display I designed for a showroom, and their love for boating in Nantucket brought coastal colours and textures into the scheme. Custom features include curved and angled hood, decorative mullions with antique mirror on fridge doors, transitionally styled island legs, polished nickel door frames, mixed finishes and door styles and a magnificent solid walnut island top. Every need was designed into the cabinetry: electrical outlets accessible inside desk drawers, corner baking center appliance garages with interior lighting, swivel outs, pull out racks, custom platter storage and many more. I also advised on the selection of the amazing pendant light fixture over the island and the wood finish on the vaulted ceiling. This is a large kitchen with many appliances, drinks bar, desk and mirrored pantry storage area.
MAXIMUM STORAGE - MODERN STYLE
This busy family’s kitchen was cramped and outdated. Lack of storage meant clutter on the countertops, a useless bar sink in the island and old appliances failing. This kitchen is in a room by itself, with a wide opening to the dining room but they wanted to keep the wall and the floor tile. Tall shallow pantries were designed and recessed into the wall, also providing a niche for big screen tv & soundbar. New integrated appliances, under cabinet lighting, seating for 2 at the island and full access to storage with lots of drawers and a swivel out corner cabinet. A mix of high gloss and matte white finishes with textured laminate with big thick gables and island complemented the furnishings in adjoining rooms. Even details like exact sizing for drawers, custom cutlery/utensil drawer inserts, and split panel on the tilt out hood make this kitchen a joy for all cooking.
CONDO EAT-IN KITCHEN
It’s not often you find eat-in kitchen space in today’s small condos, but this couple wanted to be able to sit down in the kitchen with their grandkids. But having a wall with a pass-thru window just doesn’t do the trick. After consulting with the building plans we established the wall was not load bearing so out it went in no time. Replacing the flooring was an easy match to the existing hardwoods and extending the peninsula countertop with a new rounded tabletop gave them exactly what they needed. New appliances, and cabinet solutions for better accessibility and storage, soft beige high gloss and matte finishes present a subtle but unified look both sides of the peninsula and fit right in with their home furnishings.
This old house had a lower level family room addition at the back of the house. The kitchen literally moved from one side of the house to the other and we integrated the cabinetry to transition to the lower family room. Major structural changes created a more family friendly flow with high functioning appliances, wood flooring and efficient layout for cooking and entertaining.
OPEN CONCEPT TRANSFORMATION
This family home was built in the early 1900’s and had many original architectural elements. They added a new family room at the back of the house in previous years and now they needed a new, more functional kitchen. But the first thing they told me was “don’t even think about removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room”. Yet they wanted a cooktop, wall ovens, large fridge, plenty of storage and seating for 4 inside this tiny kitchen. I sketched out several layouts that achieved the criteria but there were drawbacks to each due to lack of space. The dining room was very large and mostly unused, so I designed another layout showing the potential. While it did add some extra expense to the budget (the wall was load bearing) it was well worth it. We also moved the kitchen window to allow space for the fridge and range top on that wall. Now the kitchen lives large, open to the family room and dining room and blends with the style of the home beautifully. Special features are the Delicatus granite tops and backsplash, raised bar top surround on the island and matching cabinetry in the family room tv/fireplace area.
When this artist bought the house she knew many spaces would need a complete makeover. The old kitchen needed to be completely
re-thought with new layout, new appliances, new cabinets and artistic elements.
FRENCH COUNTRY ELEGANCE
“I want my kitchen to feel like the ones we saw in Provence” – that and a single idea photo from a magazine were the seeds to many more ideas: beautiful hand carved corbels and onlays; character cherry combined with shadow glazed painted framed inset cabinetry; over-mantle style hood; custom hutch with wire mesh doors; pewter pull hardware; elegant Emperador marble and solid walnut countertops; multiple custom accessories make this kitchen efficient and a joy to cook in. We also designed matching wood framing and interior doors opposite the kitchen for the walk-in pantry and basement entry to tie it into the kitchen design.
Big family home, big family meals – a long wish list resulted in major change in the layout with a Tuscan theme. We opened the wall between kitchen and family room with a long, arched opening above the main sink. A second prep sink was add in old bronze finish; handmade distressed pine bistro table in forest green stain with reclaimed wood plank top; custom pantry hutch and other cabinetry in stained Lyptus wood; hand plastered hood; rustic ceiling beams and hand made corbels; gorgeous marble countertops. These inspirations were later extended into the adjoining mud room, laundry, dining area and family room – the envy of the neighbourhood!