In this three-part series, see the top-to-bottom renovation of designer Shirley Meisels 1960s home in midtown Toronto.

Suzanne Dimma gets the inside scoop on the dated home’s kitchen and dining area makeover. See how Shirley updated the space to feel bright and airy with eclectic accessories and a black and white palette. Plus, find out where she saved and splurged, and get her tips for an easier renovation.

Shirley kept the layout the same, but replaced the outdated appliances and millwork. White Carrara marble counters brighten the space, while a black box vent adds a graphic punch. Textured finishes on the cabinetry and a portrait of the Queen add whimsy to the white kitchen. Shirley also added a small eating area with seating to replace what could have been a formal dining room. Get inspired by the space’s gallery wall filled with unique art!

See more of this home in Behind The Scenes Part 2: A Stylish Second Floor Makeover and Behind The Scenes Part 3: A Main Floor Makeover That Wows.