A WALK-THROUGH tour of a new home is always exciting, but two kitchens on Hummingbird Cove in Sage Creek will have you wanting to sit and stay awhile. The Sterling Homes show home at No. 7 and the Foxridge show home at No. 31 are as different as can be, but both are on trend for entirely different reasons.
Karla Jakab is the interior designer/ owner at Romancing the Home, and she is the stager for the Sterling show home, where traditional and modern elements combine to create a comfortable kitchen that is warm and welcoming.
"The feeling I was trying to get for this kitchen was a sense of an old loft, like a hybrid of industrial chic and urban farmhouse," says Jakab.
"You’ve got all natural features with the wood, the brick and the wrought iron," she adds. "It’s earthy and elegant and grounded and very much on trend."
The Sterling kitchen features Hebron brick (real brick, in thin-cut format) in warm shades of brown and grey. It makes a dramatic backdrop for the Newhaven Tuscan maple shaker-style cabinets, black appliances and the coffee station with its black open shelving. The hardware has a vintage look, with industrial-style supports for the shelving, wrought-iron cup pulls on drawers and simple round knobs on cabinets.
Set into the island, the faucet and granite sink are matte black, and countertops are caramel-coloured, black-speckled quartz.
Above the island, metal shows up again. The coach lantern-style pendants are wrought iron and wood with glass panels. The style is loosely echoed in the matching wagon-wheel style chandelier over the dining table and in a wrought-iron curtain rod above the window.
It all rests on engineered maple hardwood flooring, which extends from the great room through to the corner pantry, which is hidden behind a frosted five-panel glass door, trimmed in black and framed in Tuscan maple to match the cabinets.
Down the road at 31 Hummingbird Cove, the nautical-coloured kitchen in the Foxridge Homes show home is as crisp as yacht sails, with 36-inch uppers constructed from high-density fibreboard, which will not warp and ensures a smooth paint finish. Cabinetry doors are painted in Hale Navy (blue), and Chantilly Lace (white). You half-expect to be whistled on board by the commodore.
"This is a contemporary, bright and polished two-tone kitchen," says Colleen Chaput, who is marketing manager for the Qualico company.
The dual theme continues in the island, which has granite countertops called Grey Fantasy flanking the range, plus a large eating ledge in a walnut finish, handy for breakfast or as a buffet for food service.
Storage cabinets tucked under the eating ledge help keep the kitchen ship-shape, as do the banks of drawers — including seven on the island. The walk-in pantry features a frosted-glass barn-style door trimmed in Hale Navy, and hidden recycling and garbage depots are stowed next to the dishwasher.
There’s a walnut-toned floating shelf at the sink and that same colour highlights the kickboards, drawing your eye to the vinyl plank floor in Explorer Snowfall by Odyssey.
Another standout feature is the pair of long narrow windows overlooking the street, running most of the length of the granite counter behind the sink, where you’d expect to find a backsplash.
"It’s a neighbour-friendly design, bringing extra light into the kitchen during the day and outdoor atmosphere at night," says Chaput.
That window shape is repeated high up on the Raspberry Ripple dining-room wall, a colour that pops a second time on the wall cutout opposite the central island.
"There’s a lovely recess which can be used to place art or even a flat-screen television so you can watch your favourite cooking show while working at your range," says Chaput.
Pot lights in the ceiling and task lights in the central vent hood shine down on the island range, and there’s more task lighting under the cabinets on the opposite counter. The adjacent dining room features an over-sized globe chandelier with generous curves that soften the space.
White appliances give the room a sparkling clean aura, and gold-toned long-handled hardware adds a touch of class, playing off the gold faucet at the sink.
"This on-trend kitchen is glowing," says Chaput. "It’s very bright."
FOXRIDGE HOMES — 31 HUMMINGBIRD COVE — SAGE CREEK Photos courtesy of Foxridge Homes
STERLING HOMES — 7 HUMMINGBIRD COVE — SAGE CREEK Photos courtesy of Sterling Homes