Kitchen
Jan 26, 2011

Kitchen interior: Stylish makeover

By: Amanda Etty
Kitchen interior: Stylish makeover

An elegant white kitchen fitted with a large island that accommodates storage.

Author: Donna Griffith

Kitchen
Jan 26, 2011

Kitchen interior: Stylish makeover

By: Amanda Etty

Style at Home editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin helps her sister renovate her kitchen into an ultra-stylish space.

If you’re Alexis McLaughlin, "hiring" your stylish sister – Style at Home editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin – to overhaul the tired kitchen in your new home is a no-brainer. And when Alexis picked up the phone, Erin eagerly weighed in. In fact, according to Erin, the e-mails started flying back and forth almost before she hung up.

When it came to the look, Erin and Alexis agreed the space should evoke a modern elegance – a steamlined, contemporary design combined with beautiful, timeless accents. But with two young children, Alexis wanted the kitchen to be family friendly, as well as include lots of storage, top-notch appliances and a living space.
 

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Stylish kitchen A once-tired kitchen is transformed into something wonderful. The open layout and new French doors visually expand the space.

 

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Glass cabinets Alexis reaches for her matching white dinnerware, which looks clean and elegant behind glass cabinet doors.

 

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Open shelving Alexis loves this small section of cantilevered shelves, reminiscent of one of her favourite features in her previous house.

 

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Spacious island Erin advised Alexis and her husband, Hughes, to install a large island that could accommodate storage, as well as function as a table. The hand-blown "fishbowl" pendant lights add a dramatic, modern touch.

 

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Streamlined appliances A great kitchen starts with good bones: appliances and millwork. Erin and Alexis chose the appliances for both form and function. To create a streamlined look throughout the space, they used the same Carrara marble for the countertop and backsplash.

 

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Smart storage Shelves in the island hold frequently used dishes and echo the cantilevered shelves above the counter.

 

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Sitting area The best part about having your sister decorate? Thoughtful touches: the two bamboo chairs are from Erin and Alexis's childhood home, and the artwork is by family friend Cybele Young.

 

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