“This feels more like an art gallery than a kitchen,” admits Natalie Sands-Manianis, interior designer for Site Lines Architecture. But that’s no accident. The homeowner is an artist, and the open-plan layout for the kitchen and living room in this mountainside home in Invermere (built by Quiniscoe Homes) needed to be clean, crisp and clutter-free, so as not to distract from the beautiful works on display. So Sands-Manianis concealed everything she could, panelling the appliances, cabinets and pantry door in the same custom-stained white oak. The counter and backsplash, meanwhile, are decked out in extra-large slabs of Laminam porcelain for a smooth, seamless backdrop. Though it was designed to show off paintings and prints, it’s clear this space is a work of art in itself.

Natalie Sands-Manianis

This story was originally published in the May/June 2024 print issue of Western Living magazine. Get your free subscription here.