Project Name: The Bay Project

Location: Toronto, Canada

Date Completed: 2019

Interior Designer: Sara Bederman Design

Construction Company: Sara Bederman Design

Thoughtfully planned kitchen with a timeless, contemporary aesthetic enhanced by exciting bespoke design details.

Built in 1910, this traditional Tudor-style home was ready for a more current kitchen design. Looking to keep the aesthetic timeless and fresh, clean white lacquer cabinets were planned with an elegant walnut accent. The home has original rift-cut white oak panelling in the front entry, and the new walnut specified in the kitchen design pulled this original oak design element together with the new walnut adding a cohesive feel as you pass through the spaces.

A hand-crafted custom walnut and satin brass accent panel designed by a local artisan is visible all the way from outside the front door of the home.  It is sculptural and architectural, simple yet elegant. The centre island provides seamless circulation and ease of use from the cooktop to the fridge to the wall ovens.  It is unusual to find a kitchen built into a bay window, but it is amazing how much interest this element of the home’s architecture contributes to the feel inside the kitchen.  There is ample counter space, but it does not present as long and unobstructed.  The angles add function, interest and uniqueness to the design.

This kitchen opens on to an adjacent family room that is heavily used by the homeowner.  The white cabinetry does not detract from the furnishings in the family room, the kitchen design speaks softly in the open space, but for the walnut accents in the kitchen that add a hint of interest and weight to the space.  This walnut accent is repeated in the adjacent family room which adds continuity to the design of both spaces.

The custom feature panel of walnut and brass inlay was crafted by a local woodworker associated with the cabinet maker.  All design details were planned by Sara Bederman Design, including the details of this panel. The luxury of this kitchen is found in the simplicity of design.  There are several interesting design details, but all of them speak softly and elegantly, creating an interesting space the inspires the eye to move around to take in and appreciate each detail offered.