The owner of this expansive house in Toronto, an author of a series of best selling cookbooks, wanted her kitchen to be both literally and figuratively the centre of her family home. Her passion for the culinary arts led to the idea that the design of the kitchen would be the basis for the design of the entire house. Designed in collaboration with Kristi Morrison Interiors, the kitchen was conceived as a culinary ‘laboratory’ a place to experiment, test and celebrate recipes in the company of friends and family. Framed by a 16-foot island, the kitchen’s sleek white and metallic gray cabinets, crisp white marble counters and backsplash, combined with ample overhead lighting provide a neutral backdrop that allows the vibrant colours of food, kitchen utensils and bold accessories to animate the space. Parallel to the long island, a wall of horizontal custom cabinetry with a row of open niches, allows for a changing display of collectibles.
The monochromatic selection of light-coloured finishes (with a play of sheen, tone and texture) and crisp horizontal lines originating in the kitchen are carried through to the other spaces in the home to provide a timeless material palette with an open airy feel. Large window openings within the stairwell, in combination with white oak treads and clear acrylic guards that wrap around a highly reflective white fireplace volume, allows ample natural light to penetrate within the interior of the house and be carried into adjacent spaces. Living and cleansing spaces follow the muted material palette and are designed to be spacious, light-filled, rooms to reflect and relax. The white- dominated material palette provides a flexible backdrop that highlights the owner’s valued art pieces and allows the various spaces to be completely transformed for social events.