Whenever anyone asks me if I know of a great kitchen designer, I always refer them to Jan Romanuk. She designed my fabulous white kitchen last year and Quality Cabinets installed the cabinets. Not only is she a wonderful kitchen designer but she has been renovating high end homes for so long, there is nothing she doesn't know about the process.
Jan is one of the most generous mentors I've ever known. It was Jan who taught me the distinction Yesterday vs. Today which saves many a client of mine from making huge mistakes while renovating or decorating their home.
Jan's youngest daughter Tanya recently moved back from Australia and bought an apartment in West Vancouver. Needless to say it needed a renovation. Here is the beautiful result.
This was a sunroom which Jan immediately ripped out and turned into more square footage for Tanya's apartment.
This is a perfect example of combining yesterday and today. This stone countertop installed on top of 70's countertops was NOT a selling feature for Tanya. The backsplash tile, also very random and unrelated to both the cabinets and the concrete countertops.
Can I just say AGAIN, the accent in the backsplash, totally unnecessary don't you think?
The kitchen countertops are 6600 Nougat Caesarstone. Jan installed a black faucet and had the hinges powder coated in black. Tanya wanted an Urban Industrial Chic look and feel so all the finishes were black, charcoal and white with no chrome in sight!
Jan opened up the kitchen and designed charcoal cabinets using a laminate wood grain texture. The walls are painted OC-65 Chantilly Lace.
Dining chairs from Crate & Barrel, chandelier is from West Elm.
Here was the old bathroom.
And the new bathroom. To get a similar black faucet would have been over $1000, Jan bought this one for $259 and again had it powder coated in black, so creative!
Jan was in a home decor shop on Salt Spring Island when she discovered the Butterfly chair in charcoal cowhide. The market cart is from the Antique Market. The coffee table base was found at Homesense and Jan had a custom piece of glass made for it.
The wooden bowl was Tanya's from a trip to Fiji.
Bar stools from the Antique Market.
The closet doors were from Home Depot. The bed from West Elm.
Tanya and Jan incorporated lots of texture and organic feeling elements into the apartment. Exactly how a monochromatic palette should look.
Thanks Jan & Tanya for sharing this renovation with my readers!
Susan Hargraves, Residential Stylist
It's the first day of my True Colour Expert™ Training at the Van Duesen Gardens in Vancouver! We spend most of the day learning how to compare colour so that you can see which one is actually the right one and then by comparing, show a client that the colour you are selling them is correct.
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By the way, I love the name Urban Industrial Chic! How about you?
Colour is Context
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