Kitchen interior: Modern bistro
When it came to the look, Christine was torn between the traditional style she's always loved and a new appreciation for streamlined contemporary design. The solution? Marry the two looks to create a brand-new style Christine calls modern bistro. The result is a contemporary space that functions like a dream and is chock full of timeless appeal. The kitchen Christine planned to paint everything white but fell in love with this herringbone grey from Sarah Richardson's paint line by Para. The Fusion seamless sliding glass doors by Ply Gem are one of Christine's favourite features. They're framed by custom drapes from Invu Drapery Co.
Beverage centre The GE beverage centre makes entertaining a breeze. "We have cold drinks at the ready without taking up valuable fridge space," says Christine, who loves entertaining. "I'm glad my husband insisted on getting it. Now that we have it I don't know how we managed without!"
Classic white White dishes are a classic bistro favourite. They're available at a wide variety of price points, are easy to mix and match, and are a great backdrop for presenting food.
Kitchen island Leather bar stools can cost upwards of $300 each. Christine got a similar look that's functional and easy to clean for less than $100.
Wall oven A double wall oven is embedded in IKEA cabinets. "IKEA products are so affordable, using them was a no-brainer," says Christine, who balanced clean-lined cabinetry with strong patterns and accent pieces with lots of character. Tray chic A tray full of frequently used condiments kept in plain sight means you won't have to go searching. This vintage beauty came from an old locksmith's factory and injects a little history and character among all the new materials.
Delightful dinnerware Inexpensive melamine plates with playful patterns are ideal for everyday dining. "They look great, and I don't have to worry about the kids chipping or breaking them."
Stylish storage A freestanding antique armoire is a charming alternative to built-in shelves. This one suits the modern bistro style, showcasing the best of both looks. Unlike built-ins, it's an investment piece that will last for years and can be passed down.
Desk nook The area just off the mud room is both a makeshift office and the designated landing spot for the hodgepodge of items brought into the house. The vintage-looking stool (found on sale!) is a perfect place to perch while taking care of correspondence and household bills.