Lindsay Konior and Sarah Keenleyside of Qanuk Interiors Inc. discuss how they transformed a small, cluttered space into a bright eat-in kitchen with an open-plan layout and lots of storage.

The homeowners are tall, so expanding the layout became the starting point for Lindsay and Sarah. To create an open and free-flowing space, the designers placed the dining area next to the large kitchen island, where a custom banquette is accented by a geometric brass chandelier. Unique accents inject personality, like patterned tile on the floor for a rug-like effect, a gallery wall and statement-making backsplash and custom range hood. Black-framed, bistro-style shelves are mounted snugly under the upper cabinets, while hidden cabinets behind the island provide secret storage space.