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Transforming the kitchen
Writer:By Joanne McPhail

Well, the design transformation at the Brown estate is now well underway.  Walls are being painted, floors are being sanded and stained and I am spending way too much time “popping in” to see all of the very exciting changes!  I thought this week I would talk a bit about the main kitchen and the designers who are responsible for what is going to be an incredible new room.  Cyndie Jerome, from Cyndie Jerome Design and Michelle Major, from Foxglove Design, have partnered on this project.  Friends and colleagues in the industry, they decided to get together on this space, as the room includes not only a huge kitchen, but a bar, breakfast nook and family room, as well. 


The existing cabinetry will remain – it is birds-eye maple and stunning.  But it has a distinct colour to it, so the design jumped off from this.  Cyndie and Michelle wanted to keep the look contemporary, but still warm and inviting, as it is the centre of the home and likely the most used space.  They approached Cambria, who is very generously supplying new quartz countertops with warm caramel tones and flecks of chocolate brown.  The maple floors will have a huge impact once sanded and re-stained a dark brown by Nick and D'Arcy from Dufferin-Simcoe Wood Floors (over one week’s worth of very hard work!)  One of the biggest changes is the removal of a whole bank of upper cabinets, allowing for a clear view of the Bay and a greater connection to the outdoors.  A stainless steel range hood will be installed over the cooktop courtesy of T.A. Appliances.


Other changes include a new contemporary fireplace, donated by Napoleon, which boasts a sparkly, crystal-like ember bed.  The red brick fireplace will be refaced by Gallery of Floors, with a ledge stone, bringing a warm, modern look to the family room.  Crystal knobs on the cabinets, chiq ceiling-high draperies and roman blinds on the windows and ultra-modern light fixtures over the bar and dining table, will make this room sparkle. 


The contributions from suppliers in this room have been remarkable – Cambria, Napoleon, Sue Kay & Company, Benjamin Moore, Keith Steel Painting, T.A. Appliances, Gallery of Floors, Complete Blinds, Blanco and the Sony Store are some of the major contributors to this project.


Personally, my favorite thing about the room will be the wallpaper, going on a feature wall, which is made of cork but looks like birch bark.  I have never seen anything like it. 

Scenes of a project unfolding
Designing details