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It's a perfect spot for a design element, too.
Designers Aly Velji and Katie Nelson of Alykhan Velji Design worked with Alloy Homes on this roomy Calgary kitchen, which feels all the airier thanks to the open-plan design overlooking the sunken living room adjacent. Open display shelving, built from the same rift-cut oak that's used for the cabinetry, separates the two rooms without feeling heavy. It's a nod to that mid-century vibe that I love so much, says Velji, and It's a great space to house books and decorative accessories.
The team also kept the room's sight-lines open by forgoing pendant lights over the island. We wanted to keep the views into the kitchen unobstructed, says Velji. Adding in the slatted detail above the island in the same wood tone helps to draw the eye without being overwhelming.
Instead of a tiled backsplash, the design team carried the Nova Grey granite countertop up behind the range-top for a seamless look. Part of the pantry was designed to feel more like a built-in sideboard, opening up an opportunity for art above it.
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