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A London-style kitchen goes up against a modern concrete jungle.
Our readers picked their top 5 favourite home photos from our WL Instagram this February, and no surprise, they’re stunners. (Photo: Martin Tessler. Styling by Nicole Sjostedt.)
Coming in at No. 1 on our February list of reader favourites is this industrial-chic kitchen in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood. Designer Alanna Johnston created this look with thick iron frames on oversized windows, exposed fir beams, European-style rift-cut walnut cabinets and a brick veneer salvaged from a heritage building in Chicago. London rowhouse meets contemporary West Coast—what’s not to love? (See more photos and learn how to get the look here). (Photo: Barry Calhoun.)
In this European-inspired kitchen, designer Kelly Deck wanted to give convention a twist and paired white upper cabinets with a rich navy on the lower bank. To push the elegant, French look, the designer had a millworker create a custom cover to disguise the modern metallic hood of an overhead vent—making it a feature all its own. (Get the look here). (Photo: Vince Klassen.)
We’re going to have to go against Miss Mary J Blige on this one, because our readers love drama, especially when it comes to lighting. To make this white kitchen stand out amongst a sea of white kitchens, Victoria designer Bruce Wilkin incorporated two look-at-me pendant lights from Currey and Company—each nearly two feet wide. (Find this and more stand-out kitchen design tips here). (Photo: Janis Nicolay.)
Concrete can be cold and industrial, but this home from designer Tanya Schoenroth shows its softer side. Paired with whitewashed wide oak plank floors with plenty of textured grain showing through, what could have been a cold modern space is cozy and inviting. (20 more inspiring spaces where that came from). (Photo: Courtesy House of Bohn.)
One of the most striking features–those gorgeous wood beams—distracts us from one of the most sneaky! Because of pre-existing in-floor heating, designer Karin Bohn couldn’t change the position of appliances during the renovation of this Vancouver penthouse. So to get the most out of every inch and maximize storage, the designer snuck in a full wine rack and counter-heigh microwave in the corner. (More great kitchen reno tips here). Follow us on Instagram for gorgeous home photos in your feed daily.