Modern kitchen design with foreign accents

Cabinetry - Downsview Fine Cabinetry , Contractor - Faralli Kitchen and Bath , Kitchen designer - Leah Heinsius

Written by: Amy Howell Hirt

When it comes to placing modern kitchen design in a traditional home, we can learn a thing or two from our European contemporaries.

"If you go to Italy, you walk into homes that are 400 to 700 years old, but then the kitchen is clean and modern," says Leah Heinsius, the senior designer with Faralli Kitchen and Bath Design Studio in Willoughby Hills. "It's a space with its own identity, not necessarily trying to match the rest of the house."

That was a welcome concept for a homeowner in Gates Mills, who was seeking to modernize his traditional kitchen with high-tech amenities and a sleek, minimalist style. Undeterred by the home's staunch Colonial architecture—complete with white columns on the façade—a modern space was constructed that is beautiful and simply perfect for the owner. For the rest of us, it offers a Pinterest-worthy look at design trends that are shaping kitchens both here and abroad. 


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