Kitchen Nook Update

 

You know when you’re pregnant and time seems to creep by (ugh nausea / discomfort / lack of sleep) and yet fly by at the same time (omg is it over already?! cue the tears)… well sometimes you magically accomplish great things - like a whole house makeover… and yet you tell no one about it.

So here I am finally sharing it!

The main floor of this home was opened up during the renovation, yet this part of the kitchen remains slightly hidden from the living and dining area - making it feel like a true spot to relax, look out to the trees in the backyard and sip a hot coffee.

Here is what the space looked like originally:

KITCHEN NOOK BEFORE

Ottawa, ON | Boutique Residential Interior Design Studio by Ashley Izsak | Interior Decorating | Kitchen Nook
Ottawa, ON | Boutique Residential Interior Design Studio by Ashley Izsak | Interior Decorating | Kitchen Nook
Ottawa, ON | Boutique Residential Interior Design Studio by Ashley Izsak | Kitchen Nook Design
Ottawa, ON | Boutique Residential Interior Design Studio by Ashley Izsak | Interior Decorating | Custom Kitchen Renovation using Ikea Cabinets

The first thing to go was the tile, the paneling and the adjoining bathroom (yuck)! This corner was just asking for a built-in banquet, with its perfect surrounding windows and view into the kitchen.

We installed what I like to call - an elevated Ikea kitchen into this home. The cabinets are Ikea but the finishings are not. We wanted a relaxed feeling in here since the homeowners wanted to use this space for most of their meals when they weren’t entertaining. It was also important that it be a beautiful space, complementing the rest of the design of the main floor.

KITCHEN NOOK AFTER

Ottawa, ON Custom Kitchen Nook Design by Ashley Izsak using Ikea cabinets
 
 

The subtle grey paint combined with white trim really brightened up the space and it just feels so much more organized and functional with all of the lower storage drawers that make up the built in bench. We used a marine grade fabric for the bench seating so that the homeowners wouldn’t have to worry about stains. The chairs were a vintage find from a shop in Kingston. The chandelier really steals the show with its brass details and acrylic top. I am so happy with how this corner turned out and find myself dreaming of where we could install a dining nook in our own home. Stay tuned for the rest of this whole home renovation.

Design Sources: lower cabinets Ikea / Custom Bench Cushion / Pillows (White and Black spots) Chapters / Pillows Ikea / Table Ikea / Chairs Vintage / Bowl Anthropologie / Wall Colour Farrow and Ball Pavilion Gray.

 
 
Custom Kitchen Nook Design in Ottawa, ON by Ashley Izsak Interior Design Studio