Summer in Manitoba means three things: mosquitoes, bbq’s and the great outdoors.  Though many of us hardy Manitobans spend time outside during the frigid winter months, no one can deny that the mood in Manitoba changes once summer hits.  We were made for enjoying the outdoors; hiking, biking, camping or going to the lake.  But let’s admit it…after a full day of summer sun many of us would still like to retreat to our home or cabin and relax. 

Need some help crafting a space to relax in?  Take a look at this fabulous cottage kitchen, a joint effort between Hawthorne Kitchens and Interior designer Jenn Zella.  I love white kitchens, but this one has to be my favourite.  If you’re considering renovating a cottage or a country home with white cabinetry, here are a few pointers to keep in mind

  • Soften the starkness of white kitchen cabinetry by going two toned.  The light blue-grey island brings a unique feel to the kitchen and helps to relax the whole atmosphere.
  • A big island can be split into sections.  I absolutely love the butcher block top paired with white Caesarstone.  Not only is it practical, but it brings another element of the outdoors inside.  
  • The massive island also has open shelving for housing wicker baskets or other interesting kitchen items that find their way to the cabin.  Open shelving on an island is a great way to break-up the solid colour and add some variety.
  •  Glass doors on upper cabinetry can help open up a space.  What I like about them the most is they help break-up the white, and soften the feel of the kitchen.
  •  Did you notice the fridge and dishwasher?  They’re hidden behind cabinetry, which helps soften the look of the kitchen and contributes to the natural affect this kitchen has.  While stainless steel always looks clean and crisp, remember that too much of it can become a distraction and can change the mood of your space.

Love the idea, but not sure where to start?  Contact Us and we can help make your summer escape a little more relaxing.