For the design and building team at Northern Living Kitchen & Bath Ltd., the excitement began when they welcomed a client into the showroom, carrying a thick binder full of ideas for completing her home on a wooded peninsula that juts into Georgian Bay.
Dreaming of the day she could work with Northern Living to finish the home, the client had often shopped for new ideas in the Parry Sound showroom. “She’s very organized and literally handed me her vision binder,” recalls Northern Living’s designer Trina Hogg. “She had pictures from European magazines, of kitchens and backsplashes, countertops and fixtures that made it really easy to understand her style.”
During an on-site walk-through, the homeowner and her husband entrusted Northern Living co-owner Jason Robertson with managing the kitchen installations, the mudroom/laundry room, pantry, great room cabinetry, master bedroom fireplace, walk-in closet and en suite. Trina created three-dimensional CAD drawings for each room, creatively understanding the client’s vision and finding the ideal products and finishes including all fixtures, tiles, flooring, cabinet colours and countertops.
All countertops in the renovation are quartz, aligning with the client’s vision for a calm, serene palette that worked with the natural environment, and her desire for a durable material. Maintaining that vision meant neutral, engineered hardwood wide-plank hickory flooring would flow throughout the entire home, blending with the exterior decking and its surroundings.
Smoke Embers, a natural neutral Benjamin Moore colour was a hit with the client who wanted kitchen cabinets to meld with the outdoor setting captured by an abundance of windows. “The island is Newburyport Blue,” Trina points out. “They’re very nautical, avid sailing people, so the blue reflects that.”
Bohemian style lighting fixtures and a natural stone pebble floor in the shower created a spa-like feel in the master en suite exactly how the clients envisioned.