The designers at Bidgood had only 900 square feet to work with in this Portage Inlet home near Victoria, so the kitchen had to be small and smart. €œWe integrated the appliances and created spaces that are multifunctional,€ says Christi Rivard, principal interior designer on the project.

White oak conceals the fridge and freezer, and an extended countertop peninsula makes for extra prep space and a built-in dining area. A small architectural recess in the kitchen wall (about 14 inches deep) wasn€™t quite enough room for a full-depth cabinet, but the addition of mullioned glass doors formed a stunning display cabinet for the young homeowner€™s art collection.

€œWe mixed traditional and contemporary lines to create something that is more interesting, and not rooted in a singular era,€ says Rivard. The minimalist millwork and matte black hardware contrast with the classic French-style stove and brass pot rail; Rivard says the space €œfeels like it€™s been there forever, but still feels fresh.€

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