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  • Winning Designs

    Submitted by Darren Walker
    Photo by: MIV Photography

  • Submitted by Lorin Russell/ Muskoka/ Jakub Ulak

  • Submitted by Nathan Kyle
    Photo by: Doublespace Photography

  • Submitted by Heather Tardioli/ Laurysen/ Marc Fowler

    The Ottawa Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) held its annual awards ceremony in April to honour the best in design for both kitchen and bath. It’s a perfect opportunity for local professionals to show off their talents in the industry, and Ottawa At Home has selected four outstanding submissions to show what goes into creating award-winning kitchen and bath designs. 

Classic/Traditional Bathroom

Nathan Kyle of Astro Design Centre designed this master bathroom for a classically-traditional suburban home.

Nathan chose 6 x36-inch porcelain floor tiles in ivory, and went with a honed-finished wall tile in silver travertine with a hand-sculpted subway tile on the shower and vanity wall. While the look is classic, there is a slick edge with a walk-in shower and the unexpected use of travertine. The Oceania tub is a standout feature, and the 60-inch vanity with a 36-inch trough allows for two sinks to incorporate style with function.

Classic/Traditional Kitchen

In collaboration with Cornelis Grey Construction, Darren Walker of Kitchen Craft designed a kitchen in the heart of a home that celebrates the best of family living.

With ample counter space and a thoughtful floor plan, the kitchen not only wows in looks but is also high in functionality. Concrete counters combined with butternut wood add rustic touches that suit the overall feeling of the home. The reclaimed pine floors, a freestanding induction oven and LED lighting all contribute to the environmentally-friendly kitchen in this fossil-fuel-free home.

Contemporary/Modern Kitchen

In this contemporary condo kitchen, designed in collaboration with Lorin Russell for Muskoka Cabinet Company and architect Jakub Ulak for Surface Developments, flat-panel cabinets in rich cherry wood appear to float along the wall and set the tone for fluid design throughout the space.

The kitchen is the focal point for the entire condo unit. Oversized windows dominate the space and the kitchen’s clean design plays up the need for little decoration within a space that naturally speaks for itself. Modern suspended lighting and curved, high-back barstools set a stylish tone and offer just the right touch of drama.

Contemporary/Modern Bathroom

Heather Tardioli with Laurysen Kitchens created a clean, modern look in this luxurious bathroom with Italian Melamine cabinets in Frati Musa and a Caesarstone quartz countertop in Nougat.

The glassblock wall was an existing feature in the room that Heather embraced for its brightening effect on the space and the overall feel of a barrier-free room with floating cabinets and walk in shower. The relatively neutral colour scheme suits the contemporary space and creates a sophisticated environment, complimented by Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter on the walls.

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Winning kitchens and bathrooms come in 250 shades of white

White kitchens still dominate, but accents in other tones give a lift to the space (Julia Enriquez, Astro Design Centre, 1st place, kitchen: classic/traditional, $80,000+ minus labour).
White kitchens still dominate, but accents in other tones give a lift to the space (Julia Enriquez, Astro Design Centre, 1st place, kitchen: classic/traditional, $80,000+ minus labour). JUSTIN VAN LEEUWEN / .

Forget 50 shades of grey, how about 250 shades of white?

Who knew that white came in so many “colours”? Shades of white were everywhere last weekend as the city’s kitchen and bath industry came together to celebrate their own. With a theme of Nuit Blanche, everything from attire to décor to more than 250 variations of white paint chips, which were used as door-prize tickets, were on display at the National Arts Centre for the sixth annual National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Ottawa Design Excellence Awards gala.

The theme was fitting, given what more than one judge noted as a predominance of white in the projects themselves.

“Everywhere was white; white and wood,” says Vancouver designer Verne MacDonald, who judged the 66 entries along with Toronto’s Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander of Peloso Alexander Interiors, and American Maria Stapperfenne of Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths, a past president at the national level of the NKBA.

Popular for some time now, Peloso notes the marketplace “is still trending towards off-white kitchens as a general rule.”

Yet gala committee chair Shannon Callaghan, a designer with Copperstone Kitchens, says the projects are anything but bland.

“Instead of the colour being ‘blah’, there has been some interest created via contrast or through subtle textures.” And designers are having fun mixing materials, including colours where white may be the base, but is accented with another shade for a two-tone look.


Peloso, Alexander and MacDonald all agree that the calibre of the entries was impressive.

“The overall quality was very high; it was quite beautiful,” says Peloso.

Projects ranged from tiny powder rooms and bathroom renos on a budget to elaborate gourmet kitchens that would be a foodie’s dream. More than 40 glass trophies were given out in 22 categories before the crowd of almost 200.

Not surprisingly, many of Ottawa’s heavyweights in cabinet design – especially Astro Design Centre and Laurysen Kitchens — were well rewarded, but no one designer stole the show, with Julia Enriquez and Dean Large (Astro), Candace Sutcliffe and Alex Diaz (Art House Developments) and Wael Bakr (Laurysen) each getting three awards. Bragging rights, however, likely go to Bakr, who snagged the People’s Choice award in both the bathroom and kitchen categories.

“It was quite a surprise,” says a jubilant Bakr. “I keep on telling my wife, ‘Pinch me. Did it actually happen?’”

Students from Algonquin college’s kitchen and bath program were also recognized at a reception earlier in the evening.


  1. Looks great! Would love to paint my kitchen white but i’m scared of using chalk paint. Last time I used it on a project, it didnt turn out so well. The paint was cracking and even though I tried sanding it down, applied a coat of wax and tried to paint it again, the paint cracked again. Did you come across cracked paint? If so, do you know how to fix it?

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