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Kitchen makeover: California-cool

Kitchen makeover: California-cool

Kitchen makeover: California-cool Author: Style At Home

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Kitchen makeover: California-cool

A kitchen transforms from a small dated kitchen into a California-cool space that's ready for hosting anything from kids' birthday parties to adult soirees.

 

When Style at Home design editor Stacy Begg and her husband, Don Saynor, purchased their turn-of-the-century Toronto home two years ago, renovating the confined 10-by-10 foot kitchen was at the top of their to-do list. So last July, Stacy (who was working at interior design firm Feasby & Bleeks at the time) and Don (an advertising creative director) packed up the kids, moved to their cottage an hour north of the city and started overhauling the space. "During the month we were at the cottage, the demo and structural work was being done." This included tearing down the wall that divided the small kitchen and ample dining room, creating one big area at the back of their 2,000-square-foot house.

"The actual space where the kitchen was became our eating nook, complete with a banquette," says Stacy. "And the old dining room became the kitchen." When they moved back into the house, it took another month to complete the renovation. The high-gloss white flat-panelled IKEA cabinetry, installed through IKEA Installation Services, was the starting point for the fresh California modern look that showcases a mix of contemporary and industrial pieces for a slightly rustic appeal. Offsetting the sleek white cabinetry are grey-painted Shaker-style IKEA cupboards that provide storage, contrast and warmth. They also blend with the concrete-tiled backsplash, the kitchen's show-stopping focal point.

Other elements, such as the black powder-coated range hood, French doors and pendant lights, create even more drama. In the open-concept space, Stacy wanted to prevent a "too-kitcheny" aesthetic. The white fridge (incorporated into the pantry area) and dishwasher (tucked into the front of the island) blend with the cabinetry. Plenty of brass accessories lend a singular, sophisticated look. Unexpected decorative elements like yellow silk drapes and the fanciful cloud wallpaper above the banquette add softness and depth." Now with a ton of extra storage and space, the kitchen is definitely more family-friendly," says Stacy. And with its decidedly unique and inviting look, it's also ready for some entertaining.

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Kitchen makeover: California-cool

Modern kitchen palette

A grey, black and white palette creates striking contrast in the kitchen and works with its warm and bright California modern aesthetic. Stacy keeps items like linens and dishes in the island’s cupboards. “We talked about having seating at the island, but we didn’t have enough space, so we just made it into storage,” she says.  

By: Laura Muir Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen makeover: California-cool

White and grey cabinetry

A mix of white and grey IKEA cabinetry offers a look that's both modern and warm. The grey-painted Shaker-style cupboards sit flush with the quartz kitchen countertop, which was installed through IKEA. The grey gables on either side of the pantry area give the kitchen a custom look.

By: Laura Muir Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen makeover: California-cool

Herringbone backsplash

Grey concrete backsplash tiles laid in a herringbone pattern create a dramatic focal point in the kitchen. The irregularity of the tiles has a beautiful, rustic appearance.

By: Laura Muir Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen makeover: California-cool

Natural lighting

Two sets of French doors, which replaced sliding ones, lead to the backyard deck. Yellow silk drapery adds a hit of colour to the neutral space. "I didn't go for Roman blinds because I wanted something more dramatic," says Stacy.

By: Laura Muir Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen makeover: California-cool

Indoor greenery

An on-trend fiddle-leaf fig tree and terrarium are fresh touches and perfectly complement the punchy yellow window drapes.

By: Laura Muir Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen makeover: California-cool

Eating nook

The eating nook’s banquette, which is softened with a kid-friendly laminated linen seat cushion, provides another opportunity for storage. “I keep things like kids’ toys and placemats in the cupboards underneath,” says Stacy. The table, with a grey metal base that works with the kitchen’s palette, is surrounded by iconic (and very durable) Tolix A dining chairs.

By: Laura Muir Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

Kitchen makeover: California-cool

Family fun time

Stacey enjoys some family fun time with two of her kids, Tommy and Georgia, in her new kitchen.

By: Laura Muir Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home
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