A PR maven updates her Toronto kitchen to create a chic space with staying power.
A PR maven updates her Toronto kitchen to create a chic space with staying power
CHRISTINE FAULHABER IS NO STRANGER TO TRENDS. “It’s my job to be on the pulse of what’s new and now,” says the head of Faulhaber Communications, a PR and marketing firm in Toronto. When this in-the-know gal’s kitchen got an update last year, it was destined to have a covetable current look. But first, the 420-square-foot space – which hadn’t seen more than a coat of paint since the ’80s – needed to be brought into this decade.
Seeking help to gut the room and start over, the well-connected homeowner pulled out her loaded Rolodex and called in designer Amy Dillon of AyA Kitchens and Baths. “For the most part, we kept the layout pretty similar,” says Amy. “But we tweaked things to improve usability.” The upgrades included replacing cabinets with space-saving pullouts, swapping bulky appliances for sleek, well-integrated options and supplanting the old island with a longer narrower one that accommodates seating without impeding flow.
With function taken care of, Amy focused on the finishes, opting for elements befitting this fashion-forward professional. She cites the sleek two-tone cabinetry, open storage and a feature wall sans uppers as examples. “Trends can date themselves down the line,” says Amy, “so I incorporated them in a subtle way, using a neutral palette.” The überpopular encaustic-look backsplash tiles are case in point. “The slew of
prints is a bit aggressive,” admits Christine. “But they’re monotone, so it’s a safe choice.” Time-tested additions, such as Mid-Century Modern-style seating, grasscloth accent wallpaper and copper accessories round out the room, cementing its staying power.
The space is now both totally trendy and tastefully timeless – a far cry from its ’80s days. We don’t expect it will require another update any time soon!
OPPOSITE Though they’re all the rage, Eames chairs have held iconic status since the ’50s. That’s why homeowner Christine Faulhaber didn’t hesitate to buy a few for her eating area six months before the project even began. “I love their dur- ability,” she says. “My kids won’t break them, the cat won’t scratch them – they’re genius.” ABOVE Though Amy chose minimal modern flat-panelled cabinetry, she varied the look by incorporating some open storage. “Display space is important to me,” says Christine (pictured), who showcases cookbooks and collectibles, such as her grandmother’s porcelain teacups. “These types of pieces give the space character and make it feel more like the rest of the rooms in the house.” TIMELESS TREND Contrasting cabinetry and open storage energize a white kitchen.