This design concept for this duplex renovation centred on creating a layered, European look while integrating artistic elements that embrace the beauty of asymmetry. Rob Parsons, of R. Parsons Construction and interior designer, Ines Hanl from The Sky is the Limit Interior Design Concepts were tasked with incorporating an eclectic blend of finishes and textures while fostering an elegant feel. Hanl worked closely with Parsons to approach the reno from an aesthetic standpoint while still incorporating functional elements in a combined 450 square feet of kitchen and dining area.
The backbone of the design was capturing natural light to highlight the home’s creative flair shown in the textured materials and asymmetrical open-shelving display areas. Clerestory windows were added to the wall of the kitchen and incorporated into the millwork to cast light onto the floating display shelves below while three square windows define the dining area.
Triple skylights above the stairwell on the second-floor cascade light into the kitchen, enhancing the three-dimensional Modular Arts “Dune” panels on the stairway wall.
High-gloss white cabinets in the kitchen conceal a pantry, file storage, TV, appliances, and phone charging station. The two-tiered island incorporates a matte-white bar fridge and open display shelves. The veining of the Dekton Aura quartz countertops and full height backsplash visually communicate with the wave texture on the feature wall for a striking space unique to the owners.
Textured faux wood P-Lam accents and a soft mauve feature wall dramatically energize the dining area with meandering matte-black shelves connected by sliding door panels. The LED strip and puck lights support a whimsical textured chandelier and hand-blown glass pendants.
With its European-inspired approach and artistic blend of high-end finishes, this major upgrade beautifully illustrates that big design risks can yield stunning results. For these semi-retired professionals, forgoing trends to embrace their own unique aesthetic is what makes a house a home.