Designer Jenny Martin’s Favourite Room
When designer Jenny Martin set about renovating her kitchen, it wedded two of her passions: functional, beautiful design and cooking. With that in mind, she created a space that was both beautifully stunning and a joy to work in. “It’s the heart of the home,” says Martin.
By Laura Bickle | 2 minute read
“Spacious, and meticulously planned, each design decision influenced the other to create a cohesive and thoroughly planned-out space.”
– Jenny Martin
The kitchen in our new-build home in the Oak Bay area of Victoria, BC. Kitchens are a gathering spot for family and friends. Connecting through food, cooking is a huge passion of mine, and I love being transported back in time through old family recipes!
The layout of designer Jenny Martin’s kitchen is not only visually pleasing but also highly functional.
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When renovating kitchens there can be size restrictions or structural limitations, which is particularly prominent in heritage homes. Working within a more restrictive budget can be a challenge, but we find that there are certain finishes that deserve a moment on their own, while with others, you can go with a more cost-effective option without compromising the design. For this kitchen specifically, at the forefront was deciding which floorplan flowed as seamlessly as possible. With a passion for an enriched culinary experience, we needed it to be as functional as possible!
When designing a kitchen, consider where you need to spend money and where you can go with more cost-effective options.
I love the way it flows. Spacious, and meticulously planned, each design decision influenced the other to create a cohesive and thoroughly planned-out space. The drop-down TV is a special feature that we wanted to incorporate. It allows you to watch your favourite cooking show while trying out new recipes, and to immerse yourself in the creative experience. Another favourite element is the panelled appliances. Concealing your appliances behind millwork is such a great way to eliminate visual jarring and elevate a design, making a space look that much more high-end.
Jenny installed a drop-down TV so she could watch her favourite cooking shows while trying out new recipes. Beautiful millwork keeps appliances hidden from sight.
Incorporating old-world finishes and classic pieces for display bring nostalgia and warmth to the space.
Photos: Dasha Armstrong
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