A family of five had evolved from two parents with small children, to five adults plus significant others, who often visited together for meals and conversation, and need to an update to their most used space.
When discussing a vision with the collaborating designers, the goals were to open the Kitchen to the Eating Area as well as Family Room beyond, add seating for informal entertaining and update the aesthetic to something more modern and elegant.The Design
The designers felt that reorienting the layout to include a long center island would improve flow and connect the rooms while including more counter space for various work stations allowing for different tasks to be carried out simultaneously. This island would incorporate additional seating for four people, extending the Eating Area making it ideal for larger groups to congregate and enjoy casual meals. Removing large existing bulkheads drastically changed the space and made all three rooms unified; this also led the designers to push for a style that was less utilitarian in the kitchen and would create informal yet elegant feel throughout. This was achieved by using built-in appliances hidden along what appears to be a wall of glossy white cabinetry and a unique floating ‘concrete look’ cabinet for the hood fan.
This concrete look is then repeated as a beverage bar in the eating area, again connecting the spaces while adding a functional unit. The lower perimeter Kitchen cabinetry grounds the space with dark textured wood panel doors that repeat in the Family Room built-ins. This dark base is contrasted by the light marble look backsplash, that reflects light and compliments the glossy wall and island cabinets. In stark contrast to the modern grit of the concrete elements, perhaps the most stunning and elegant feature of the space is the floating chrome frame, glass door cabinet, back lit featuring the client’s crystal stemware. Lighting also played a star role featuring oversized traditional leaning brass pendants over the island, a delicate Eating Area chandelier and modern black and brushed gold sconces.
The overall finished renovation, a unique collaboration of styles (and designers) does not disappoint in both style and function.
Details: Aster Cucine cabinetry & lighting by Visual Comfort both via Astro Design Centre.
Before photos to show the incredible transformation into a luxe modern kitchen.
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Meet Our Designer: Nathan Kyle
“My design philosophy is to inspire others and create spaces without losing the grace of history. Aesthetics of classic old world and new age modern can and should co-exist. The blended outcome of the plural is more interesting than that of its singular.”