DESIGN FOR A GOOD CAUSE

This year, I feel fortunate to have taken part in a design project aimed at giving back and bettering our community. In spring of 2017, Astro Design Centre celebrated it's 20 year anniversary. When the opportunity to donate a new kitchen to the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre came about, Astro simply couldn’t pass it up. A team of designers (myself included) set out to renovate the hospital’s existing tired and dated Occupational Therapy kitchen, where the patients come to develop life skills, as well as social and vocational skills.

New kitchen offers a lot of storage, doubles of all appliances and a generously sized island with plenty of counter surface to facilitate usage of the kitchen by large groups.

New kitchen offers a lot of storage, doubles of all appliances and a generously sized island with plenty of counter surface to facilitate usage of the kitchen by large groups.

A variety of textures, colors and materials were thoughtfully selected to create an uplifting and visually interesting space. 

A variety of textures, colors and materials were thoughtfully selected to create an uplifting and visually interesting space. 

Large hood spans over both cooktops located back to back on the island. Hood vent and the painted wood canopy that surrounds it also creates an interesting focal point and breaks up the institutional feeling of the commercial grid ceiling. 

Large hood spans over both cooktops located back to back on the island. Hood vent and the painted wood canopy that surrounds it also creates an interesting focal point and breaks up the institutional feeling of the commercial grid ceiling. 

We truly had such a great time working on this project with the Royal Ottawa and feel proud to have contributed to such a deserving cause. 

Workstation sink with double taps will allow for multiple people to work at the sink at the same time, thus maximizing efficiency and comfort of the end user. 

Workstation sink with double taps will allow for multiple people to work at the sink at the same time, thus maximizing efficiency and comfort of the end user. 

It was our hope that this bright and fun kitchen can become an uplifting and inspiring place for patients to gather, cook, interact and heal for years to come.

BEFORE: Existing kitchen was drab and lifeless. Lack of counter surface was ill-suited for a kitchen intented to be used by large groups.

BEFORE: Existing kitchen was drab and lifeless. Lack of counter surface was ill-suited for a kitchen intented to be used by large groups.

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BEFORE & AFTER: WHITE & BRIGHT FAMILY KITCHEN

BEFORE & AFTER: WHITE & BRIGHT FAMILY KITCHEN

Classic white perimeter kitchen is in balance with a slate grey island which is accented with beautiful satin brass hardware. Quartz countertops with subtle Statuario veining and stunning herringbone marble backsplash add an air of elegance and refinement; while the wall of concrete planks and floating walnut shelves around the corner create balance by injecting a subtle industrial vibe. 

BEFORE AND AFTER: MODERN MONOCHROME KITCHEN

BEFORE AND AFTER: MODERN MONOCHROME KITCHEN

A client with an extensive background in the visual arts came in looking for guidance in streamlining her vision. From early meetings it became evident that this couple is looking for a warm and inviting contemporary space with an eclectic industrial vibe where they can enjoy their retirement and host company. Through process of multiple meetings, the designer helped the couple to define their vision for their space, to finalize the layout and to narrow down the aesthetic which would elicit a sense of comfort and excitement at the same time.

MY READING LIST

MY READING LIST

Below is a list of books that have I have found to be particularly useful and inspiring in my own journey. As an interior designer, I take particular interest in books relating to our relationships with the spaces that we occupy and the powerful ways that our surroundings can contribute to our happiness, peace and enjoyment of life. Some of these wonderful reads have helped to shape and define my own lifestyle philosophy and design mantra (which are one and the same, after all). 

ALL THE HYPE ABOUT HYGGE

ALL THE HYPE ABOUT HYGGE

"HYGGE" is a Danish term that has no direct translation in English language but is defined as "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment and well-being". It is no wonder that against the backdrop of political, economic and social uncertainty, the concept of "hygge" has gained worldwide popularity, so much so that the word was shortlisted as the Oxford Dictionary's 2016 "word of the year". 

THE KINFOLK HOME: INTERIORS FOR SLOW LIVING

THE KINFOLK HOME: INTERIORS FOR SLOW LIVING

Filled with imagery of beautiful thoughtfully appointed interiors and inspirational content, The Kinfolk Home is a delight to read - a must for design professionals, home owners and good life enthusiasts alike. Author Nathan Williams takes us on a journey around the globe, visiting 35 homes that have successfully embodied the ethos of slow living - a lifestyle celebrating the escape from busyness and chaos of everyday life, reclaiming of precious time and dedicating it to that which is most essencial.