CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE KITCHEN’S DESIGN?

JILLIAN STRAKY This expansive kitchen’s design is an open concept with ten foot ceilings and large windows to capture waterfront views. The homeowners are a professional couple with three children under five years old and a lovable Wheaten Terrier. They are a design-minded couple who wanted a white kitchen with dramatic appeal, a modern traditional feel, the warmth of wood and great function. We achieved a stately, classic kitchen with an eclectic mix of modern and vintage elements.

CHT WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT IN THIS SPACE?

JS I love the marble-look tiled wall which is made of large book matched porcelain slabs. We kept the backs off of the cabinetry so the veining of tile can be seen through the cabinet glass. Beyond the beauty, this was also a functional choice. Unlike marble, this porcelain is not porous, so it’s basically maintenance-free!

CHT WHERE DID YOU SAVE AND SPLURGE?

JS We used well-priced undermount stainless sinks, faucets, cabinetry pulls, and subway tile on the walls, and we reused the island chairs from the previous residence. We splurged on appliances, cabinetry, Cremona bolts for the glass cabinets doors, porcelain slabs for the backsplash and the pendant lighting over the island.

CHT WHAT IS A COMMON MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WHEN DESIGNING A KITCHEN?

JS I would recommend that homeowners capitalize on vertical space, whether it be for cabinetry and storage, or for drama with a range hood or tile. The magic lies in all the details! Lighting, backsplash and display can elevate your kitchen design from good to great! – Space designed by HouseWears, Photography by Max Wedge

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