Decorating & Design

October 1, 2020

A Lackluster Kitchen Becomes The Ultimate Family-Friendly Hub

When her sons officially left the nest, this homeowner decided to downsize from a spacious two-storey property to a ranch-style house nestled in Langley, British Columbia. Sure, the 1970s-era box lacked architectural charm and was in serious need of a facelift, but it was perfect for those precious days ahead she’d spend as a new grandmother and entertaining her family during the holidays. With this checklist in mind, designer Jamie Banfield got to work and, a year later, the once-dated dwelling was transformed into a bright, open-concept space with a classic vibe that calls for nothing but more company.

The kitchen is now the focal point for family gatherings. Featuring a large island, handsome quartz counters and decorative wooden beams on the ceiling, the space doesn’t disappoint. “Design sets the tone for how your guests will feel,” says Jamie. “We wanted the space to feel relaxed, layered and not fussy.” It might have taken a little sprucing up, but this kitchen makeover is worth celebrating over a dinner party, or maybe two.

Author: Harleen Sidhu

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