Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Inspirations and Diversions:
A Clean Well-Lighted Place

Built in Northern Ontario by Suzanne Dimma and her then fiancé (and now husband) Arriz Hassam, it may not be Kokomo, but this island cottage is still a lovely place to get away from it all. Suzanne is the editor of Canadian House & Home, while Arriz is an architect and principal at 3rd UNCLE design inc—a design marriage made in heaven.

The wardrobe below is from IKEA's PAX series, custom painted in Benjamin Moore's Copley Gray (HC-104) and with horn handles from Ochre. (I love this photo especially because Suzanne and I share a weakness for woven baskets. These are from Bamboula.)

Their decisions to lift the wardrobe off the floor and finish it with posh, yet clean, handles lend more drama to the bedroom, and really (excuse the pun) elevate the piece from simple to sublime.

A rug in the loo. Nice touch. Thoughtfulness like this helps guests feel truly welcome.

Suzanne and Arriz purchased all the components for their kitchen from IKEA too, including the black 3/4" honed granite countertop on the left. In skilled hands, IKEA can look quite sophisticated. Here, as with the wardrobe, the cabinet fronts on the island (on the right) have been painted Copley Gray (HC-104) in a matte finish. It appears they also chose to wrap the island countertop around the cabinets and down to the floor—an effective way of adding more visual substance to the island without making it too heavy. It's also evocative of European cappuccino bars, though those are usually done in marble. Their choice of butcherblock for the island keeps the kitchen rustic and casual, while the visual continuity of lines, use of stainless steel, and the overall emphasis on the horizontal adds modernity.

Moving on to another familiar big box home retailer, Suzanne found this Martes sconce at RONA for $25(!),

using them to flank her beloved wall-mounted hutch. I love the combination of modern, with a bit of industrial, and rustic. It's so utilitarian, and I love utility.

Sigh. I love it all. You can read the entire series from the beginning here.

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