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David Coulson - Straight To The Heart Of Kitchen Design

his month I had the pleasure of sitting down with David Coulson to talk about pie baking (he is a pro), secrets to good gravy (coffee) and kitchen designs. As we discuss the design features of the Coulson’s beautiful heritage kitchen, David’s wife Ulla is finishing off a batch of jam with her trusty assistant, their young grandson. “When it comes to home renovations my number-one rule is kitchen first,” David exclaims. “It is the most important room of the house.” We are not talking about importance for re-sale value; we are talking about the kitchen being the place where the heart of the family will beat. “This is where you will see your family and children grow. It is where you will see their projects, meet their friends and hear their headaches and heartaches.” “If you can make as generous a space as possible, then your kitchen will be both welcoming and inclusive.” David achieves this in his own home by opening up doorways and adding more light through both a conservatory and additional skylights. Warmth is established by bringing in colorful, but complimentary colors, one point five inch thick butchers-block wood counters and repurposed leaded windows for display cabinets. My favorite

addition is the custom-designed, wood-surround refrigerator, with retro-style reeded glass.

Designer David Coulson at Home

David’s advice when thinking about a new kitchen is to design the space as efficiently as possible. There is nothing that can be described as “dead space” in the kitchens designed by David Coulson Design Ltd. Composters, neatly embedded on countertops, wine chillers fitted under the back wall of the kitchen bar and sleek, Blumotion pull-out corner drawers, eliminating the need to ever put your head in a cabinet or wave your arms frantically for missing container lids again. Spend your money wisely and you can make savings. “Don’t cheap out on cabinetry,” warns David. “For just 10% more in price you can have cabinets made from solid Canadian, natural, birch wood. There are no harmful chemicals in this material and instead of the typical 5-year life span, these are built for a lifetime.” It is sadly time to leave the Coulson home, but as I turn to go, I see the family chatting and laughing around the central island, batch of jam ready. It is just as a kitchen should be. Caroline Storie Writes, draws and stitches In a land called My Noisy Boys Designs

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Valley Voice Magazine - Your Monthly Guide to Living in the Cowichan Valley

September 2014 issue 70  

For those who like to eat, live and play in the Cowichan Valley

September 2014 issue 70  

For those who like to eat, live and play in the Cowichan Valley