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Like I said many times before, a gorgeous kitchen can be done on a budget if you source your products well and hire a great designer to put it all together. My client for project springdale had a budget and this budget did not allow for custom cabinetry, instead we opted for IKEA cabinetry and splurged on the Caesarstone countertop, handles and lovely tiles from Ceragres.

Some homeowners like the option of opening up the whole main floor into a open concept living space especially in these narrow East York Toronto homes. However these homeowners liked the separation between their living spaces. The option of closing the doors into the family room at the back of the house, while their three boys where playing and they were having guests over was great. The house is a semi and the kitchen is located at the centre of the house, therefore there isn’t a lot of natural light finding it’s way to the kitchen. A solution to this was to create a picture window behind the sink, allowing natural light from the back of the house to reach in to the kitchen while still keeping the spaces separated.

The kitchen was opened up to the adjacent dining room while still maintaining a half wall behind the peninsula for separation between the spaces. The half wall hides the gas range and any mess the cook might have created while mixing up the family dinner.

My client mentioned early on that they liked white kitchens but they didn’t want it to feel too white, sterile and cold. Since we were limited with IKEA’s choices of doors and finishes, we had to be creative. Mixing the matte white veddinge doors with birch panels. Then we added birch again as a trim detail around the window, on the half wall and the custom open shelves.

The family is thrilled with the end result and had a fantastic time baking and prepping for their first holiday season in their new kitchen.


Countertop: Caesarstone Georgian Bluff
Backsplash: Ceragres Lanka Block White 4” x 16” gloss
Floor Tile: Ceragres Gate Jet black 12” x 24”
Cabinetry: IKEA veddinge white matt + Birch panels
Handles: Berenson Halliburton pulls




Skills: Kitchen