THE ARTISAN'S COUNTRY KITCHEN
When two artists couple together, the world becomes a more beautiful place – however, their home may suffer neglect. After a lifetime of creating theatre magic for children and adults, selflessly putting others before themselves, they decided it was time to transform their living and boldly leap to their next chapter.
We were honoured to facilitate bringing this new exciting energy into their home. Beginning with the main floor, we listened to their wishes and needs to conceive a delicious change they could totally embrace.
The custom kitchen, tailor-made to their needs and wants, morphed from a medieval scullery to an artful cook’s dream. The design challenge included a kitchen with 3 doorways, 2 windows, exposed heating pipes and a huge radiator that went across an entire wall in a narrow space.
After a complete demolition, we reconfigured the plumbing and updated the electrical, adding more plugs and a new position for the fridge.
Saying goodbye to the huge honkin’ radiator, we put in a smaller, more energy efficient one and moved the heating pipes outside to be placed inside the new wall. One window was removed entirely and the remaining was replaced. We even extended a wall in the kitchen to accommodate the new design and cabinetry layout.
Replacing the old door in the sunroom, new French doors were added to create spaciousness and guide us to the English garden. New insulation, fixed leaks, and finished dry wall and taping gave us a new canvas for this cozy transformation.
The retro harlequin floor was laid diagonally to create the optical illusion of width. We used a gentle taupe and cream combination in a stone-look tile; a spin-off from the classic black and white look.
Custom cabinetry with tons of storage exceeded this family’s expectations. The doors with their grateful art design were adorned with Veccio art glass to complete the elegant look. There were even shelves made specifically to display the artist pottery, made with love.
And let’s not forget the ceiling! Crown moulding was added to define and highlight the ceiling’s authentic tin tile. It was also used to hide the uneven drop in one corner of the ceiling. We added a lovely retro three light fixture with milk glass shades as the cherry on the top!
A sad antique table – chewed, scratched, and held together with tape – was magically transformed into a moveable gorgeous kitchen island! It was stained to match an antique armoire in the kitchen nook – we also stained a kitchen door to create texture, interest, and continuity in both spaces.
Our Benjamin Moore paint design further enhanced the illusion of space in the kitchen area: two lighter tone walls, Hazy Skies #OC-48, and two darker walls, Nordic Gray #CC-576, created the effect. All the trim, window, doorway mouldings, baseboards, cabinetry, and ceilings were painted in Ivory White #CC-130.
The sunroom, now our kitchen nook, was also painted in these colours as an extension to the kitchen, but with a surprise feature wall in Tuscany Green #2140-20. This wall created a lovely backdrop for an antique wood cabinet and the family art.
Add the café table and counter chairs, and voilà!
Let’s brunch in Your Sacred Space.