Ashley Izsak Design Studio: Small Shop Commercial and Residential Design Studio Based in Ottawa
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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:


Please ignore the less than awesome photo. 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.

Source list: 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.