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Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

A once drab kitchen gets a lesson in function and modern update. Author: Stacey Brandford

Kitchen

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

A renovated Toronto kitchen provides an important lesson in function and modern timeless design.

Homeowners Lydia Kunicki and Robert Haggan fell in love with several aspects of the 80-year-old home they purchased five years ago in Toronto’s Bloor West neighbourhood: magnificent millwork, a private ravine setting and proximity to Lydia’s family. “But the place had been neglected and the kitchen was too small,” she says. A wall diving the tiny galley cooking space from the dining room impeded entertaining, and the lack of storage meant pots and pans had to be kept in the basement. “It was also really dark,” adds Lydia. “We knew right away that we wanted to blow it open to the view.”

And blow it open they did. A gut job on the main floor included removing the dividing wall and putting in wall-to-wall windows and sliding doors framed in warm wood to match the millwork elsewhere. With light pouring into the emptied open space design, the couple turned to designer and Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg to create a new kitchen with lots of storage.

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Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Before the renovation

Lydia and Robert's kitchen before the renovation.

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Glass pendant lights

Charming clear glass schoolhouse pendant lights were the design inspiration for this kitchen. “I just fell in love with them,” says homeowner Lydia Kunicki, “maybe because I’m a teacher.” Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg, who spearheaded the overhaul, reinforced the look of the pendants’ bold black rods with the swivel-topped stools reminiscent of the same era.

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Before the renovation: Part two

   

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Floating shelves

To keep a compact corner open and airy, a floating shelf was custom built and painted to match the kitchen cabinetry. The shelf aligns with the bottom of the range hood for a neat look, and undermount lighting illuminates the prep zone.

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Kitchen decor

“I like a full kitchen that looks well used,” says Stacy. Everything from cutting boards to utensils is kept on display - right at hand for Robert, whether he’s making Irish stew for St.Patrick’s Day or rendering down duck fat for risotto.

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Cool toned kitchen

Carrara marble cut in a subway tile adds tremendous dimension compared to a slab effect. Its cool tone is instantly warmed up by a creamy chinoiserie fabric.

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Before the renovation: Part three

        

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Large kitchen island

Lydia and her husband Robert Haggan, asked for “as big a kitchen island as possible” to ease entertaining and offer plenty of the prep space for Robert, the cook in the house. Shiny chrome vintage-look bin pulls dress up the contemporary IKEA cabinetry.

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Pre-built cabinetry

One cabinet serves as a pantry; the second, closest to the window, is a broom closet. Custom gables - just one of the splurges afforded by savings forming pre-built cabinetry - shore up the large unit’s presence, which might have otherwise seemed unintended. A strong injection of colour comes from bright blue IKEA chairs.

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Desk nook

A high-contrast feature wall defines the desk nook. Unobtrusive seating was a must and a Mid-Century Modern chair the family already had was the ideal solution.

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Expansive kitchen

Robert and Lydia enjoy a light breakfast at their expansive kitchen island with their two daughters Claire (left) and Grace.

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen design: Timeless modern revamp

Kitchen island

Claire and Grace enjoy breakfast at their kitchen island.

By: Lesley Young Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

 

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