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Traditional cabinetry is complemented by modern pendant lights and barstools for a timeless feel. A wall of built-in storage keeps the space clear of clutter. “We like doing high walls of cabinetry where we can group the fridge, oven, storage cubbies and pantries together for a full wall of function. When it’s placed off to the side it doesn’t block light or views, either,” says Erin Feasby.
“There wasn’t a huge amount of space to work with, so we had to really maximize storage without sacrificing style,” says Erin. Sleek upper cabinets flank the range hood and a set of tall pantries are located next to the dining area. “The open shelves are functional but good looking,” adds Erin.
“We wanted to save on cost but not on style or function,” says Cindy. The designers combined oak-veneer cabinets and glossy white cabinets for a look that is both modern and organic. The original island was moved from the wall and turned into a large 3′ x 8′ island, which accommodates both storage for toys and seating. Glass mosaic tiles add a hit of pattern to the backsplash.
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The designers built a custom banquette to keep the dining space tucked out of the way of traffic flow. “This allows you to push the table much closer to the walls without sacrificing comfort. It also provides another storage component below – the perfect place to file bills, homework, craft supplies, tableware and linens,” says Cindy. “We always upholster or do loose seat cushions in durable, practical fabrics,” she adds. In this space, laminated linen gives a look and feel that’s natural but hard-wearing. Because the area is open to the rest of the main floor, woodsy purple wallpaper adds a bit of colour and pattern and helps to define the space.
“This is one of the first projects where we opted for built-ins in a darker tone and we’ve been hooked ever since!” says Erin. “Grey became our neutral years ago and we just find it so versatile in any style of home. It works well with a variety of accent colours,” notes Erin. In this room, hits of warm ochre lent a bit of colour to an otherwise monochromatic scheme of warm grey and cream. A bookcase along one wall displays books and objets, and lower storage hides other household items.
“These clients have classic, refined taste but they also have children and they really live in every one of their rooms,” says Cindy. In the formal living room, the designers created an adult space that also has a lot of comfort to it. The furniture is upholstered in durable fabrics and is built for comfort. Framed photography and a glam starburst mirror add personality, while a generous coffee table with a shelf underneath provides a place for books.
“There aren’t many projects where we aren’t designing built-ins of some sort. Most of our clients tend to be young professionals with children and you can never have enough storage!” says Erin. The tall armoire-like piece offers storage for the adjoining mudroom and low built-ins flanking a large fireplace run the full length of the room. “We painted these out the same white as the walls to keep things light and bright,” adds Erin. It also creates a surface space for a TV, photo gallery or displaying kids’ craft projects.
Shades of grey and cream wrap this room in a soft elegance. The vaulted ceiling provided an opportunity to add architectural detail, which is always a good idea in a new build, says Cindy. Choosing the right scale for the pendant light and bedside lamps is also really important in bedroom design, adds the designer. “People often go too small on their lamps,” says Cindy. Generous bedside tables have plenty of room to keep books and other bedroom items corralled in one place.
“The combination of materials in this ensuite bathroom should last for years without feeling dated,” explains Erin. The white vanity was designed with furniture details in mind so that storage could be maximized without it feeling too heavy. By recessing the centre portion of the vanity, the designers created visual interest and a separate space for each sink. “The large custom mirror maximizes reflection and really visually expands the room,” notes Erin. “We like to mount lighting directly on the mirror to keep things streamlined and also bounce more light around the space.”
This basement-level mudroom was situated at the bottom of the stairs. “It’s very functional and yet still tucked out of sight,” says Erin. “It would have been a wasted space otherwise.” Each family member has their space in these locker-style built-ins. The designers incorporated a bench for putting on shoes and boots and lots of different cubbies and wall hooks keep the space tidy. A deep charcoal pinstripe on the stair runner pops next to the white trim and looks chic while still being hard-wearing.