THE PLACE: idesign Kitchen Studiois the place to go when you’re ready to tackle your kitchen renovation. The company has been in business for 17 years and is family owned and run by Julie and Bernie Immink. For five years Bernie was strictly finishing cabinets in a small shop in Listowel. Twelve years ago they started manufacturing in their current location and added a stunning showroom. Everything you need to make the perfect choice for your new kitchen is right there: design styles in staged vignettes and hardware samples to try on your choice of cabinet door. Pick a countertop from a range of samples in colours and textures trending now, plus the latest in storage solutions – all in one place so you can visualize your special space. “We use local suppliers who are small-business based because they stand behind their products like we do,“ says Julie.
THE IDESIGN EXPERIENCE:Julie and her design experts encourage you to visit the showroom with your blueprints to discuss your kitchen plans, personal taste, home décor and lifestyle. They create three dimensional drawings to get the process started, using the showroom as a design tool. Everything they manufacture at idesign is in the showroom. “If you come here we can nail down your style and hone in on the quote,” says Julie.
STYLE: “We mostly work with traditional and modern-style kitchens,” says Julie, “because that’s what the people in this area are looking for.” Cindy Kerr describes traditional style as warm woods, classic white and more decorative cabinet doors. Modern involves minimal hardware, clean lines, slab doors and high gloss.
WHAT’S NEW: Designer Chelsey Shantz chimes in, “We have clients looking for the modern farmhouse look – raw wood, rustic woods, crisp whites and warm greys.” Storage solutions on display include the cargo bin and what the idesign team calls the magic corner. It’s an ordinary cabinet door on the outside, but when opened it reveals a backlit series of wire shelves that work together to make the most out of a corner space – providing room to store small appliances, canned goods or root vegetables.