When I first met with the Stewart family in their cramped dated kitchen, I was immediately drawn to their easy-going personalities, and knew I had to update their space, they deserved a beautiful kitchen. They were in their “dream home” and location, but needed to remodel a few spaces in the home, and wanted to start with the kitchen and sitting room.

They already had a designated dining room that was open to their family room, adjacent to their kitchen, so their wish was to have a large island for food prep and seating. But some structural elements were in the way of this: there were stairs to the basement just behind the fridge wall, so expanding in to that space wasn’t going to work.
I proposed removing the peninsula, and adding a prep island, but for seating I recommended a built-in banquette below the window. At first, they weren’t really for this idea, since they already had a dining room, but once they saw my vision board, floor-plan and overall design, they quickly changed their minds.

I wanted their kitchen to feel elevated and on-trend, but also classic and subtle. I chose a timeless shaker cabinet door style, and added the perfect amount of curved lines with knobs and pulls. I brought some interest and curve to the very linear space with the pendant and sconce light fixtures.


We had a few different colour options for the island, but ultimately decided on the perfect blue, Midnight by Benjamin Moore. It accented the Sherwin William Pure White walls and warmer dark wood tones that we chose for the open shelving.


For countertop, I used quartz, Lucerne Lake by Radianz. It’s the perfect white with subtle grey veining. And to add function and shine, a classic grey subway tile backsplash finished off the walls.


The flooring was also tile, in a wood grain pattern. In the front foyer it was installed in a herringbone pattern, and then it switched to a random pattern in the kitchen and it resembles real hardwood but looked more purposeful then trying to match their existing hardwood in their family and dining room. 

The sitting room next to the kitchen was always a question mark, what could this room be? They already had a family room, and right now this space acted as an additional walk way to the front foyer.

Closing off the doorway, and adding an electric fireplace feature increased the charm of this space immediately. We kept the lines of the built-in fireplace simple, to save on costs, but left enough space on the mantle for decor options.
We also saved money in the coffee bar area. Originally, we wanted to do an open shelf here, or a wall-light, but when the budget started to get tight with a few new framing costs, we opted to leave it open, and the clients are eventually going to hang a local artist’s work there to fill the space. 

Overall, I am SO pleased with the end result of this space. It’s bright and inviting, and functions like a kitchen should, and its beautiful. I’m so happy for my clients!

Construction: Brimax Builders
Lighting: Pendants and Sconce- Modern Komfort 
               Chandelier- Wayfair
               Wall colour- Pure White Sherwin Williams
               Island colour- Midnight Benjamin Moore 
               Kitchen faucet- Riobel
               Countertops- Lucerne Lake radianz quartz