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Alder Cabinetry with Visible Knots Bucks the White Trend

August 23, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

The kitchen is the heart of this Stouffville English country-style new build.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES York Region, p.42. Find local businesses in our York directory. 

The estate of these nature-loving Stouffville homeowners is surrounded by trees and fields. Wanting to balance with the surroundings, they chose an English country design, settling on an exterior that combines stone and reclaimed brick.
 
Inside, the heart of their home would be the kitchen. Daring to be different, and tired of the white kitchen they had in their previous home, they wanted casual, classic elegance with contemporary elements. To get the look they were after, the couple collaborated with Aida Fantilli from Villa Kitchens & Fine Cabinetry. The natural wood stain of the cabinets goes against what’s trending. The result is a transitional kitchen with a timeless feel.  
 
“When we first brought our ideas to Aida, we indicated the wood to be used must have visible knots,” says the homeowner. They sourced some knotty alder to achieve the look. In line with a classic English country feel, the homeowners designed an oversize precast stone range hood and chose Calacatta Gold marble countertops.
 
The home incorporates accessories with different textures, colours, patterns and finishes. “I’m in love with gold and bronze tones," says the homeowner. Conservation-grade white oak flooring stands out, featuring moderate graining patterns and knotty details, connecting it to the cabinetry throughout the home. In the foyer, the homeowners played with the flooring design, choosing a herringbone pattern to add visual interest. 

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