Listen to the House


When the kitchen of an older home is being totally renovated, I believe there are lessons to learn from it’s the home’s history. Retaining even a small acknowledgment of its past can add a sense of authenticity to the new version.

When Michelle and Jeff came to me for a kitchen renovation for their mid-town 1930s home, they actually wanted the new kitchen to reflect the home’s vintage. We had agreed to use colours of the era, but I dug around for something extra to incorporate and discovered the linoleum rugs that were popular at the time.

I used the concept for the kitchen floor and foyer, designing a “rug” from a combination of tile and sheet Marmoleum, in the colour palette we had chosen. It adds an extra pop of colour, and an unexpected nod to the vintage of the house.

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