Cameron MacNeil tours a kitchen that went from drab and dated to warm and white. Learn how opening up a space to include a stunning statuario marble island and investing in rich details such as to-the-ceiling cabinets, bare-oak floors and custom lighting make a kitchen more stylish and spacious. Lynda Reeves shows us her top three items for 2011: a can't-live-without iron, pretty fair-trade linens, and a convenient cookware stand. Plus, designer, TV host and author Thom Filicia explains the inspiration behind his new line of furniture.
Cabinets, Altima Kitchens, Concord, Ont. (905) 760-1311; countertop, Designers Choice Marble & Granite, Toronto (416) 787-5600; flooring, Kentwood Oak Sanderson, Moncer Specialty Flooring, Toronto (905) 938-5578; island, Bianco marble, Designers Choice Marble & Granite, as above; Clear Crystal handles, Dekkor, Toronto (416) 503-9799, 1-877-503-9799; wall and cabinet colour, Cloud White (CC-40) from the Designer Classics collection, Benjamin Moore, call 1-800-361-5898; custom table, weathered stainless steel, Perfect Stainless, Toronto (416) 533-5653; glasses, La Merceria, Toronto (416) 848-0057; black stool, Studio b, Toronto (416) 363-2996; sink, Cantrio Koncepts, Toronto (416) 240-0088; faucet, Blanco, call 1-877-4BLANCO; slideout hood, Faber; roller blind, Interiors Only, Toronto (416) 767-3666, 1-800-332-0397; canisters, Ribbehege & Azevedo, Toronto (416) 651-1171; diptych etchings by Tammy Ratcliff, Canvas Gallery, Toronto (416) 532-5275; drum pendant, West Elm, Toronto (416) 537-0110; dining chairs, Restoration Hardware.