Kitchen interior: Classic white
The classic white kitchen Lynn Spence's common sense approach to renovating her Cambridge, Ont., kitchen meant that picking less pricey options never felt like a sacrifice. Savvy choices that suited her classic decor and detailed planning (right down to measuring cereal boxes) got her the kitchen she wanted for less. "A custom one would have cost at least 65% more," she says. "Whenever I walk into my new kitchen, I think 'Wow, it's spectacular.'"
Kitchen corner Removing an 11" high bulkhead above the old cabinets made room for taller upper cabinets. "I wanted ugly stuff behind closed doors," says Lynn. But she also wanted to showcase white china and crockery in glass cabinets, so she measured and counted everything, from pantry items to serving trays.
Kitchen nook Lynn had two chairs from the master bedroom re-covered in linen to pull up to the new pedestal table. The linen, which cost $19 per yard, adds texture and a soft colour that picks up on the tones in the travertine floor tiles. "We hardly spent time in the kitchen before - now we've got a cosy place for morning tea or for dinner," says Lynn.
Classic style A white-on-white scheme is timeless. Plus, the white cabinets, backsplash, walls, ceiling, countertop and china give the kitchen an open, airy feel, says Lynn. Here, glass cabinets bookend the range hood for a balanced look.