to the studs,” L.J. says. Designed by Janine and designer Jonathan Aitken, the kitchen has a semi-industrial feel with its stainless steel appliances, gloss-white cupboards and shelves, and countertops in unique white and grey granite that resembles marble, and black ceramic flooring that looks like painted wood planks. One wall features decals of a single fork and knife against a white background. A black industrial-style pendant light hangs above the island. The kitchen is the perfect blend of sleekness and warmth found in the mahogany-topped island (they pre-tested the idea by having a piece of plywood serve as the island for several months before deciding it was the right space for it). A well-used blackboard and strategic touches of leafgreen paint are down-to-earth yet stylish touches. Once again, the shelving is open. “I love having access to everything and I
Gloss-white open shelves in the kitchen are perfect for displaying objects d’art, crockery and dinnerware. The openness of the design also invites a psychological openness, making Janine and L.J’s home a warm, welcoming gathering place for their family and friends.
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