Unobtrusive elements like the white-quartz countertops, white ceramic subway-tile kitchen backsplash and panelled range hood offer a seamless look. "Panelling the hood brings a real elegance to the space," says Kelly. "It makes it more about the kitchen overall than about the hood and the stove because a steel hood fan draws your eye to it, while the panelled one doesn't need to be the centre of attention.
“The house has a stately formality, but at the same time it’s just really unpretentious,” she says. She created a relaxed atmosphere with a soothing, light colour scheme, natural fabrics, clean-lined furnishings and hits of soft, overscaled pattern. “We envisioned something that was inspired by the look of a European farmhouse,” she says. Wood, especially oak, plays a dominant role throughout the home. “Oak is common for us to use because it takes stains so beautifully,” says Kelly, “and it has a really inherent grain and that works with the sort of rustic, relaxed quality of this house.”