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Kitchen renovation: Modern, neutral and light

Photo: Alex Lukey / Styling: Morgan Lindsay

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Kitchen renovation: Modern, neutral and light

For more than 10 years, Eva Lamb had her eye on a condo building in midtown Toronto. When the emerging artist finally took the plunge and purchased her prized unit three years ago, she was happy to overlook the 1970s layout and decor to gain ravine, park and city skyline views. Major renovations were in order, and the kitchen was at the top of the list.

“I cook and entertain a lot, so I needed it to be very functional,” says Eva. She also wanted every item in the space to be beautiful and, above all else, bright yet neutral.

“I wanted all the renovations to be done before I moved in, and I knew custom cabinetry could take a long time to make,” says Eva. With roughly three months before she took possession, Eva headed straight to AyA Kitchens & Baths and enlisted the help of senior kitchen designer Amy Dillon. Amy drew up a plan based on an inspiration tear sheet Eva had given her of an airy kitchen featuring bleached-wood cabinetry. Since Eva desired a clean, modern look but also wanted to maximize storage, the designer suggested using a condo-sized fridge and dishwasher. A narrow breakfast bar was added to ensure sufficient counter space.

Flip through the slideshow to see the result.

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Kitchen renovation: Modern, neutral and light

Kitchen problem: Before

A dingy 1970s condo kitchen.

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Kitchen renovation: Modern, neutral and light

Kitchen layout: Solution

Call in a one-stop expert (AyA Kitchens & Baths senior kitchen designer, Amy Dillon) to create a clean-lined space.

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Kitchen renovation: Modern, neutral and light

Kitchen renovation: After

White back-painted glass uppers are an elegant, refined alternative to high-gloss lacquer. “The uppers, while neutral, are definitely the kitchen’s focal point,” says homeowner Eva Lamb. “Everyone who comes over comments on them.” A double sink allows for piling up dishes and prepping food at the same time, says Eva. Cork was chosen for the flooring because it’s softer underfoot than tile.

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Kitchen renovation: Modern, neutral and light

Breakfast bar

The breakfast bar is slim enough to be unobtrusive but wide enough to provide plenty of prep space.

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Kitchen renovation: Modern, neutral and light

Extra storage

It’s worthwhile to invest in pullout drawers for narrow, deep cabinets. “It’s so handy to have all my oils, vinegars and spices accessible when I’m cooking,” says Eva.

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Kitchen renovation: Modern, neutral and light

Creating clean lines

The bevelled refrigerator door echoes the clean lines throughout the kitchen. “I could have left the wall above the range open, but I needed the extra storage,” says Eva of the two narrow cabinets flanking the range hood.

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Kitchen renovation: Modern, neutral and light

Upper cabinet storage

Upper cabinets open out and up on sturdy hinges. “It takes some getting used to,” says Eva with a laugh.

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Kitchen renovation: Modern, neutral and light

Decorating with white

Bright white decor accessories pop in this modern kitchen.

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