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a de­signer brings a trendy el­e­ment into a space be­cause of its pop­u­lar­ity. But some­times, in a stroke of luck, she chooses some­thing be­cause she loves it only to have it be­come the thing du jour mo­ments later. That kind of happy for­tu­ity is ex­actly what hap­pened when Cyn­thia Soda, in­te­rior de­signer and owner of Soda Pop De­sign, re­did the Stouf­fville, Ont., kitchen of her par­ents, con­struc­tion man­agers Ida and Tony.

The dated cook­ing zone des­per­ately needed a lay­out that would flow bet­ter with the ad­join­ing rooms, and more stor­age and counter space to suit the pair’s love of en­ter­tain­ing. Cyn­thia dreamt up a bold scheme that speaks to Ida’s

eclec­tic-meets-mod­ern style through mixed met­als, mar­ble-look quartz and cool tones.

When it came time to choose colours for the cab­i­netry, Mom and Dad proved the per­fect clients, let­ting Cyn­thia go for some­thing a bit dar­ing. “I chose Ben­jamin Moore’s aubergine-toned Shadow for the is­land cab­i­nets and pale blue Ice­berg for the rest – I loved them both and thought they would look strik­ing to­gether,” says the in­te­rior de­signer.

“Shortly af­ter, the com­pany named Shadow its colour of the year. And Ice­berg was on the trend list, too!” While that was purely co­in­ci­den­tal, the over­all de­sign of the kitchen most cer­tainly was not. Cyn­thia’s thought­ful plan­ning and stel­lar taste re­sulted in a space that feels cool, con­tem­po­rary and cu­rated.

DE­SIGN, Soda Pop De­sign, so­dapopde­sign.ca; CON­TRACT­ING, So­dapop Con­struc­tion; Chan­tilly Lace OC-65 WALL PAINT, Ice­berg 2122-50 CAB­I­NETRY PAINT, Shadow 2117-30 IS­LAND BASE PAINT, Ben­jamin Moore; cus­tom CAB­I­NETRY, Col­clo Cus­tom Wood­work­ing; COUN­TER­TOPS, BACKSPLASH SLABS, Cen­tury Mar­ble; AP­PLI­ANCES, Tasco Ap­pli­ances; STOOLS, RH; FAUCET, Aquabrass; POT FILLER, Ru­bi­net; PEN­DANT LIGHTS, Supreme Light­ing & Elec­tric Sup­ply; FLOOR­ING, In­vi­sion Hard­wood & Decor; RUN­NER, Safavieh; BLACK BOWL (on is­land), gold BOWL, black faceted VASE, black CUT­TING BOARD, Elte; clear glass VASE (on is­land), black flower POT (in cof­fee sta­tion), ribbed grey glass VASES, PITCHER & GLASS, H&M Home; black and white BOWLS (on shelf above cof­fee sta­tion), IKEA.

While the mar­ble look of the coun­ter­top is strik­ing in its mod­ern form, its quartz con­struc­tion is prac­ti­cal, since home­owner Ida Soda wanted some­thing that would be easy to clean af­ter din­ner par­ties. The rich pur­ple cab­i­netry is in dis­tinct con­trast. “I love how the wa­ter­fall over­hang par­tially hides the bold colour of the is­land,” says Cyn­thia. “It’s such a nice sur­prise when you come around the cor­ner and see it all.”

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