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in the family’s holiday home would feature natural, raw materials that would provide a connection to the beach, one block from the house. “We wanted it to be very organic and natural, but with a modern twist,” says Bayne Belair. “We wanted to create a spa-like feel, with a design that would be in keeping with the existing architecture.” Walls were removed to replace a “hodge-podge of small rooms” with one large family living area that opens to the outdoors. To provide an appropriate back drop, the existing wood ceiling, with its long, narrow skylights, was sandblasted and stained in a driftwood colour that matches the wire-brushed oak floor. The kitchen was placed along one wall, with a large island forming the centre of operations. The wall behind the island features embedded stone – the colours of the stone are echoed by the antiqued patina on the custom rangehood, and by matching shelving units with wood slats. The cabinetry is also defined by a strong sense of symmetry, but that is where the formality ends. Furniturestyle cabinets at either end Above: Natural, organic materials feature throughout this new kitchen, part of a large family living area in a renovated holiday home. The wall behind the kitchen is embedded with natural stone. The tall, wire-brushed oak cabinets at either end of the rear wall accommodate an integrated refrigerator-freezer and a large pantry. The end units on the island house items used less frequently. search | save | share at