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WHITE Magic!

A CLEAN & CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN

This streamlined kitchen is awash with natural light. The white and walnut cabinets create a contemporary backdrop and the wooden floors ground the space. The white stools surround the lacquered counter which can be used as a breakfast area. «Generally going all white’ is a popular choice for kitchen cabinets. It is classy and elegant.

A MODERN MIX

An all-white kitchen is a chic retreat. The white cabinetry, matching cook top, and grey work surface establish the kitchen area in this open-plan home. The granite flooring breaks the monotony and adds life to the space.

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What makes the kitchen so special?

ITS ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES

One of the top priorities for this brand new kitchen was to make it look like it wasn’t brand new at all. Although it’s the hub of a freshly built 5,355-square-foot, four-bedroom home in Richmond Hill, Ont., «the homeowners didn’t want it to look like it was just a big, new kitchen in a big, new house,» explains designer Halina Catherine of Catherine + Davis. To that end, plenty of architectural interest was added with a beamed tongue-and-groove ceiling, reclaimed elm floors laid in a herringbone pattern, honed Calacatta marble countertops, a servery (not shown) and a

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W. KARIN MELBERG SCHWIER IS! HEATHER FRITZ

One of the more unusual islands in the news recently is the quirky and troublesome one near the end of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. In your home, the kitchen island is likely more top of mind with it often being the centre point of the most used room in your home.

With all sorts of amazing configuration ideas for islands, when Saskatoon HOME saw this U shaped island we thought it was worth taking a close look! This inventive twist for the kitchen is the brainchild of Nathan and Dallas Stobbe, Donna Senterre and their team at Haven Builders.

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Tales from the road

Strum Face

We all love the odd bout of air guitar but, as Adi Vines discovered to his horror, it’s all about perspective

Festival season is almost upon us again and a certain type of guitarist will no doubt be looking forward to the Oulu Music Video Festival in Finland, as this is the home of the Air Guitar World Championships. Justin ‘Nordic Thunder’ Howard will surely be looking to defend his 2012 title against stiff competition from around the world and everyone, both competitors and audience, can all bask in the competition’s utopian philosophy that ‘wars would end and

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STAYING POWER

As professional property renovators, Victoria and Lee Alderson bought their current home as a business venture, and certainly never expected to settle in it themselves. Located in an attractive village with fields all around, the house was an ideal project. ‘The interior was very shabby and old-fashioned with orangey-brown pine everywhere,’ recalls Victoria.

‘It was really damp, too — there were lots ofwoodlice!’

Victoria and Lee, who have three children — Isabella, eight, and twins Eloise and Madeleine, six — had just begun restoring the house for resale through their company IME Properties, when their personal circumstances changed. ‘We’d decided

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SHAPE SHIFTER

It was the high ceilings and large rooms that attracted Charlie King to a run-down property round the corner from her flat in southwest London 18 months ago. ‘My partner Andrew and I saw past the dated decor and the strange layout,’ says Charlie, ‘and immediately had ideas about how we could change things around. We wanted to be able to put our own stamp on things.’

PLENTY OF POTENTIAL

Keen to gain an extra bedroom and a proper garden, the couple got down to planning and decided on a layout that would suit them and daughter Honor, 11. ‘We

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ROOM WITH

A VIEW

A total re-design transformed Kate Barnes’ kitchen into a light, fresh and sun-filled space

– with the best views of her gorgeous garden

A beautiful garden is many a city homeowner’s dream, so Kate Barnes felt especially lucky to have a secluded oasis, filled with lush plants, a pond and mature trees at the rear of her west London Victorian terraced home. The only problem was — she couldn’t see it. ‘The ground floor of the house was very dark with a number of small, wall-divided rooms, complete with a kitchen and old-fashioned ‘lean-to’ at the back,’ explains

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Mediterran masterpiece

In Hot Springs, a husband-and-wife homebuilder team creates the perfect kitchen for entertaining

THE COBBLER’S CHILDREN MAY need new shoes, but that stereotype doesn’t hold true for this homebuilding husband-and-wife team. Erin and Don Hinkle have lived in six houses in the ten years since they began developing homes on Lake Hamilton, and by now—with help from a trusted team of architects and designers—they are able to execute their vision easily.

Don, who ran manufacturing plants for Kohler, and Erin, who worked in information technology for an education company, came into homebuilding by chance after Erin looked at a wooded

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LIGHT RELIEF

Sam Webb nearly didn’t bother to look at her London flat, situated on the first floor of a converted Victorian building.

‘I’d just had a sale fall through, so when an agent told me he had a great place for me to see but that it was already under offer, I was a little reluctant to view it,’ she explains. ‘However, when I walked in and saw the light, the high ceilings and the view to St Paul’s, I knew this was the one for me.’ Accordingly, Sam put in a sealed bid and a nervous week later, the flat

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Kitchen couture

A bespoke design is the perfect way of creating an ideal kitchen; we look at some of the best models, plus some clever ‘off-the-shelf’ alternatives

I‘m sure we’ve all daydreamed of a bespoke designer creating our ideal kitchen. While this is a very desirable option, it’s important to remember that, with the help of a creative and knowledgeable team, the skills of a top-notch installer, and a good sense of style, it’s possible to get a high-quality look even if you don’t have a top-end budget. There are times when a bespoke maker is highly desirable – for instance if

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