If making pizza in our Couture Pizzeria featured at IDS18 was a guilty pleasure, designing our second concept kitchen was pure indulgence. My partner, Monogram Canada, added sleek Column Refrigeration systems to their suite of leading edge appliances, and I was beyond thrilled to incorporate them into my second kitchen at the Toronto Interior Design Show; the ultimate place to experience the colliding worlds of interior design and technology. I took this second space as an opportunity to combine some of my favourite elements in any room: an unexpected colour palette, boldly patterned wallpaper and lots of open shelving. Take a peek at our coastal-influenced retro resort!
Kitchen Concept #2: Resort
Can you tell we were designing in the middle of a harsh Canadian winter?! This tropically inspired kitchen was built around the pink and grey wallpaper from my new wallpaper collection for Brewster Home (keep your eyes peeled for the May 2018 launch!). A trade show is the perfect place to explore a daring palette like this grey and pink island theme that indulges all of my colour fantasies. We embraced the millennial pink accent in the wallpaper by pairing shades of grey and copper to create a warm coastal culinary escape.
January 19, 2017 | Interior Design Show, Toronto
Refrigeration Integration: Monogram Style
If you’re as crazy about all the open shelving in this room as I am, I’ll let you in on a little secret: the inclusion of a sleek Column Refrigerator by Monogram Canada provided a world of customization opportunities. These integrated refrigeration systems allow the space required to include a column of open shelving (and I do love displaying beautiful dinnerware and serveware!). We wrapped the shelving edges in copper and included additional copper accents with cabinetry hardware and Tom Dixon bowls. I’m always up for including a louvered door (a.k.a: a shuttered door profile) which gives the design a nod to the overall resort vibe.
An Island in the Sun
There are a lot of things I love - giant kitchen islands and quartz are high up on that list. I wanted to combine both elements, but was met with the realization that slabs of quartz are only available in certain sizes. To stretch the slab the full 12 feet I desired, I opted for including a racing stripe down the center on an angled cut. George Nelson bubble lamp pendants provide soft illumination and a nod to mod, while adding brightness overall.
Aesthetic in the Accents
Tying the aesthetic together is in the little details, like the nylon rope-wrapped stools recovered in my Granby stripe fabric from Kravet, the art from Canvas Gallery, or the Crate and Barrel Portuguese speckled dishes. Clean, horizontal lines are emphasized by the decision to center all door and drawer hardware, adding to the existing resort look. The back counter profile is a custom, extra deep bevel that I had our fabricator customize for me. It’s no secret in the design world that terrazzo floors are all the rage for 2018 - so I applied this trend to both the counter and backsplash using Nougat tile by Caesarstone. For the floors, we chose engineered European white oak with a bleached look.
Source guide: Resort Kitchen
Monogram Appliances: 24" Freezer Column • 30" Fridge Column • 24" Microwave Drawer • 30" French Door Wall Oven Pro handle • 36" Pro Gas Range with Griddle • 36" Range Hood • Fully integrated dishwasher, panel ready • 24" Custom Panel Double Drawer Refrigerator
Furnishings and accessories: Sarah Richardson Design for Brewster: wallpaper • Wayfair: stools • CB2: copper hardware, grey dishes • Crate & Barrel: small planters, large bowls, vases • VdeV: large planters • Sheridan Nurseries: large bowls • Caesarstone: 'nougat' and 'georgian bluffs' counters • Ribbehege & Azevedo: large vintage vase • Canvas Gallery: artwork • Quasi Modo: George Nelson bubble lamps • Tom Dixon: copper bowls • Kiondo African Imports: woven platters, wooden salad bowl • Fiber & Cloth: wood floors • Blanco: sink • Rubinet: faucet • Pro Glo Paints: custom cabinetry paint (colour code: LP3732)