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Designer Pamela Byer creates stunning Stouffville kitchen |

Designer Pamela Byer creates stunning Stouffville kitchen

Many don’t realize the importance of accessories, and Byer gave careful thought to each individual piece. They needed to fit the colour story, have some flair and be large enough for the room. “Accessories jazz up your space a bit and prevent it from being too cold or one-dimensional,” she says.

All of the Miele appliances are stainless steel, per the homeowners’ request. The range hood was custom made, as a favour by a friend, and Byer added a sleek coffee bar.

Particularly fun for Byer was redesigning the butler’s pantry, which let her be creative in a small space. Originally traditional with espresso-coloured wood and a dark countertop, the space felt off-putting and cavernous. Byer revamped it entirely, installing floating shelves that keep the nook open and airy. The wall tile resembles concrete, but is actually affordable porcelain. The ceiling light’s stainless steel drum shade complements the dramatic chandelier in the adjacent dining room. 

People worry too much about perfection, which isn’t realistic when renovating, Byer observes. With any custom kitchen, “little things will arise,” she says, but notes, “Hey, it adds a bit of spice and excitement.”

The homeowners had lived in the house for a few years before tackling the kitchen reno, and that’s always a wise course of action. “It’s a pretty big undertaking,” Byer says. “Years ago, when we started purchasing furniture for the home, it was all with a mind to having a kitchen that would one day look similar to this. It was sort of the grand plan.”

The renovation took about three months, which is typical for a project of that size. The homeowners, a family with two daughters and a dog, are very happy with the results. “They’re just such a fun couple,” Byer says. “They have a big family and they love to entertain. It really reflects them now. ”

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