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 inspired the idea that the design of the kitchen would inform the design of the whole 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 cabinets and crisp white marble counters and backsplash, combined with ample overhead & task 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 custom cabinetry with a central row of open niches, allows for a changing display of collectibles.
A monochromatic selection of light-coloured finishes with varied sheen, tone and texture originating in the kitchen are carried into other spaces within 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 wrap around a highly reflective white fireplace volume, allowing ample natural light to penetrate within the interior of the house and be reflected into adjacent spaces. The light material palette, carried throughout the rest of the interior, provides a flexible backdrop that highlights the owner’s colourful art pieces and furniture.