Before & After: Christelle’s Light, Airy & Functional Kitchen

published Apr 29, 2016
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(Image credit: Photos by Christelle)


My previous kitchen was outdated and nonfunctional. I had a –very!– red textured backsplash with mahogany cupboards, two different styles of floor (red and black tiles and wood parquet) that visually shrunk the space.

Lots of different heights and depths among the cupboards created an overall sense of confusion. The countertop didn’t provide a lot of space to work on and building a central island was not possible without compromising the pathway leading to the other room (my studio).

There were multiple –and infuriating!– gaps between the ends of the countertop and my household appliances. Opening the dishwasher’s door while the trash bin’s cabinet was open proved to be impossible and trust me, it’s somewhat annoying when you’re trying to get rid of the last bits of the supper!

The floor and walls were crooked and uneven…

(Image credit: Photos by Christelle)

Then I met with Cuisines Steam team. We decided to aim for a functional and inspiring space since the kitchen is both my living and working environment, being food stylist and photographer, here in Montreal, Canada.

I was very influenced by Scandinavian and Nordic design : looking for a light and airy feel, but not overwhelmingly white and clinical.

Cuisines Steam expertise is adding touches of wood in their beautiful contemporary designs. They chose to pair American elm and white lacquer cabinets for my kitchen… and I was instantly charmed!

We took advantage of all the light coming in the kitchen by installing open shelves in front of a window. This should be perfect for the plants, fresh herbs, and my extensive collection of Mason jars that I use on a daily basis!

We also lengthened the marble countertop behind the sink and the appliances were slightly moved to provide more workspace. It gave us an opportunity to set up a bookshelf under it, facing the dining room. Some moving shelves were added to the corner cabinet so that there’s almost no space lost and our microwave is now hidden in its own cupboard, while the pantry space is optimized. How useful!

The floor has been perfectly straightened and is now completely recovered in Slab Silver Grey rectangular tiles from Céragrès. It has a “natural stone” look and feel, even if it is actually a porcelain tile. The space is now more defined: it’s not a corridor anymore, but a real kitchen space!

The marble countertop and the hexagon-shaped tiles (both from Céragrès) add elegance and classicism that should still look good many years from now.

What else can I say? I am in love!

Thank you, Christelle! You can read more on Christelle is Flabbergasting