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A Fabulous Family Kitchen – Sep/Oct2016

A Fabulous Family Kitchen - Sep/Oct2016

When clients, Tracey and Scott, decided to upgrade their house, they did so with extended family in mind. Their home, situated on a large property outside of Toronto, has always been the gathering place for the family, which includes four grown daughters and their first grandchild. Like many homes, the kitchen is the hub, so a full kitchen redo was definitely on the table.


This family wanted a functional kitchen that incorporated everything on their wish list. Not only did it have to have adequate storage areas, but it had to be practical when it came to prepping, cooking, cleaning and, most importantly, making coffee. The island is big enough to assign designated tasks to cooking and cleanup assistants, and also includes a prep sink and custom-sized drawers to easily access everything that’s needed.

Even on the servery, custom-sized drawers are far more functional on the lower cabinetry.


With high ceilings, space was optimized to accommodate a large working kitchen and eating area, as well as a servery. A calming colour palette of white, grey, beige, and a dark walnut stain on the centre island, helped to ground the space – providing a warm and welcoming nucleus.

Made of solid Ontario maple, all of the cabinets have the same door profile and hardware to provide continuity. However, the striking contrast of the white cabinets surrounding the perimeter, against the warm, dark wood stain on the island, helps to indentify them as separate pieces of furniture, while creating a vibrant energy to the room.

A finished look, as it relates to proportion and scale, is achieved by extending the upper cabinetry to the ceiling and then trimming it out with crown moulding.

The natural, tumbled travertine floor runs under the entire space to pull it all together. Small subtleties like the circle motif in the glass doors is repeated on the servery.


Caesarstone quartz was chosen for the expansive countertop that wraps around the outside walls, anchoring the five-window bay. Touches of grey in the quartz pick up similar shades in the Carrera marble tile backsplash and the wall colour.

The island countertop features natural quartzite with hints of both grey and beige to accentuate the beige detailing in the tiled backsplash, as well as the travertine floor.

Centred under the window to take advantage of the view, a modern take on the farmhouse sink is made of low-maintenance stainless steel, as are the six-burner chef’s stove and integrated refrigerator.

A custom-designed bar/servery includes a built-in beverage centre and ‘all touch’ lighting. This piece, along with a rustic wood table, defines the eating area with a combination of textures. Over time, the patina of the table top will warm with family use.

Picking up on the circle motif again, the four cylindrical glass shades in the rectangular chandelier sparkle with candle-like bulbs, and complements the shape of the table.

Now, when family members drop in for a meal or a visit, this kitchen accommodates everybody and everything – right down to the last cup of coffee.


Jane Lockhart, B.A.A.I.D., Founder & Principal Designer Jane Lockhart Interior Design. Jane is a multi-award winning designer, spokesperson, author and television personality, including six successful seasons as creative director and host of W Networks’ top ranked Colour Confidential, currently in reruns and airing on HGTV U.S.