Working spacesPublished on May 13, 2015

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Ottawa At Home highlights four of this year's contenders from the award ceremony of the National Kitchen & Bath Association's Ottawa Chapter, to look at the style and detailing that makes for award-winning kitchen and bath design.

Modern Edge

Paula Moxon of Laurysen Kitchens combined white high-gloss thermofoil upper cabinets with horizontal rift-cut oak in a dark custom stain on the lower cabinets for a kitchen renovation in a home that offered contemporary architectural detailing. The purposeful lack of ornamentation lends itself to the home's crisp, clean detailing, including glass railings and an open staircase. 

A stunning waterfall-edge island enhances the vertical awareness of the space and functions well by providing ample workspace and the practicality of seating for three.  

Careful attention to detail helps to make this kitchen remarkable. Upper cabinets feature bifold hinges to create the sharp lines throughout the space. Hardware running the full length of the drawers and doors create horizontal continuity. 

European Rustic 

Designer Dawn Tite of Muskoka Cabinet Company brought in rustic influences for a guest bathroom in a modern lake house. The actual inspiration came from an old washbasin. A wall of reclaimed barnyard wood from Logs End further enhanced the look. The nine-inch horizontal planks were planed to offer a smooth finish, in keeping with the more refined rustic décor. 

Plumbing fixtures and a trough sink from Mondeau help achieve the client's goal of a rustic European feel to the space. Cabinetry in cardamom-stained cherry wood, with leathered graphite granite from Urban Quarry adds the perfect touch, with a slick chrome towel bar to finish off the look.

Classical Whimsy 

Dean Large from Astro Design Centre was inspired by his client's children's love for literature in choosing the décor for this powder room which includes a passion for pink and purple within the colour scheme.  

The substantial elements are traditionally classic with black and white hexagon floor tiles, reflective of eras past but back in vogue today. The console sink with chrome fixtures, available through Astro Design Centre, carries on the classical air. The industrial-influenced Hudson Valley light fixture adds a touch of vintage-modern to co-ordinate perfectly with the literary-inspired Osborne & Little wallpaper, available at Cadieux Interiors. 

This powder room is an impeccable example of how small space is the perfect spot to add a touch of whimsy within a home to inject personality into décor. 

Transitional Elegance 

A traditional home in the process of a progressive revamp got help from designer Charline Beaulieu of Beaulieu Design and Brent Young of CKC Group to update the main floor with a tasteful kitchen renovation. 

While the clients were looking for contemporary styling, their home's architecture didn't lend itself to the slick look of modern décor. Going with transitional-style décor was the right compromise to work perfectly with the home and client's tastes. A shaker door with moulding detail, combined with a contemporary drawer front, offered the perfect balance. Mixing wood, high-gloss lacquer and white quartz countertops offered the right amount of intrigue to make the space a showstopper. The use of glass and metal to reflect the light coming in from the large window enhanced the dramatic effect of playing with reflective surfaces. A neutral colour scheme helped to create the feeling of space within a relatively small footprint and the addition of a walnut butcher block table injected a touch of warmth, making this kitchen an inspiring space.

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