Behind every gorgeous interior image, there’s a talented photographer dialled into every tiny detail to ensure the room looks its very best. I’ve been working with photographer Stacey Brandford for 21 years now (that’s right….more than 2 decades!!). We first met on a shoot in 1998 and have spent hundreds of hours huddled behind the scenes to “get the shot” ever since. Stacey’s the detail-oriented eye behind the hundreds of images used in my books, on magazine covers, and website. With a busy work life serving his dynamic client base and a young family (3 kids under 12 at the time of this reno), somehow getting around to tackling the renovation of his banana yellow circa-70’s kitchen just never quite happened. And that’s where I came into the picture! No one loves a good “before” more than me, so I set to work reimagining the space. The design brief was pretty simple: Stacey and his wife Anne wanted monochromatic and minimal. No muss, no fuss - just clean lines and a modern sensibility for their busy hive of a household. Achieving maximum impact without breaking the bank was also top priority.
Here’s the design brief:
- Combine 2 dysfunctional spaces into one sleek family-friendly kitchen for a couple who loves to cook
- Change the single door to a large patio door for easy access to the garden and bbq + enlarge windows to create a brighter, contemporary envelope
- Outfit it all with durable, kid-friendly materials
- No upper cabinets on the perimeter walls flanking the stove and the sink
- Roomy island with enough room for all 3 kids to sit for breakfast (that still allowed plenty of circulation space)
- Space to display sentimental treasures and collected objects
- Tucked away solution for messages, schedules, kids' artwork
- Manage the budget without sacrificing style using in stock materials and cabinetry
- And…make it all ready for a photo finish ;)
Materials matter - this house is a popular after school kids' zone so crowd friendly, hard-wearing materials were mandatory - a black stone floor, easy to wipe down glossy slab door cabinets and waterfall edge counters are tough enough to stand up to 3 kids….and all their friends.
Top 8 kitchen details & customizations:
IKEA: cabinetry, countertop, faucet, appliances | Creekside Tile: floor tile, backsplash | Shelter Furniture: stools | Schoolhouse: sconces | Rejuvenation Lighting: pendants | Belt: shelving brackets with bluestone tile | Cole & Son: wallpaper | Uline: magnet board | Elte: bowl on island | Patrick Le Blond: pottery plate, bowl on shelf | Bluestone Shelves: shelf brackets (with custom black-stained wood shelves) | EQ3: marble utensil holder, oil & vinegar bottles | Ginger's: tea towel | Menu: salt & pepper bottle grinders | KitchenAid: stand mixer | vintage kettle