Decorating & Design

June 26, 2024

A Retired Couple Builds Their Dream Kitchen And Bathroom On The Richelieu River

With the prospect of retirement looming large for homeowners Nathalie Giguère and Alain Jobin, they were ready to leave the city behind and indulge their love of boating. They found a generous swath of land on the Richelieu River in Noyan, Que., an hour south of Montreal, and began envisioning what they wanted their new home to look like. It had to include a large kitchen where they could host their grown children. “We wanted the whole house to reflect a farmhouse style: classic and timeless, both outside and inside. Something warm and welcoming!” says Nathalie. “Our criteria for the project was to have a lot of natural light with beautiful windows, a large island with four seats to gather at, light-colored cabinets and a walk-in pantry with lots of storage.”

Nathalie and Alain found designer Audrée Kemp Bélanger of AKB Design in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., via Instagram. Her work struck a chord: they recognized that she was particularly adept at the relaxed, modern farmhouse look. Scroll down for a look inside!

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Author: Wendy Jacob

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