The Blog

Modern and fresh design for fun, stylish, busy people

calgary, alberta


Project Reveal – a light and airy kitchen

August 28, 2019

I'm Caireen, Owner and Principal Designer at Shift Modern Home, lover of wallpaper, tiles, gin, Formula 1 Racing and potatoes. Who's with me?

Hello & welcome

Top Categories




read more


Project - Luxury Condo Living in 550 square feet

How to Choose Exterior Colours

Our Best Tips for WFH Successfully

read post

read post

read post

Popular right now


Earlier this summer saw the completion of a very satisfying kitchen renovation.

When we first went to take a look at this space, we could see how desperately the clients wanted and needed a kitchen upgrade for their beloved family home.


The existing kitchen was a cramped L shape with the addition of some ad hoc cabinets for additional storage, dark cabinets that had seen better days, a sink facing a wall, hard to reach storage and an interesting backsplash in the form of a painted Dutch landscape on panelling – a first for us! What particularly stood out was how cut off from the dining and living spaces this kitchen was, which seemed at odds with this friendly and sociable family. It was definitely time to breathe some new life into this space.

scenic acres kitchen plan before.png

Scenic Acres Kitchen Before 1.jpg

Scenic Acres Before 2.jpg

THE SOLUTION : Here’s what we did

  • removed the wall between the living room and kitchen, allowing us to improve the flow, connection and light to both areas

  • replaced the existing flooring throughout the entire main floor (a mix of linoleum and carpet) with a luxury vinyl plank; using the same floor throughout visually makes the space appear larger

  • added layers of lighting with a combination of recessed lights and pendants

  • installed two tone cabinetry in a matte white finish and white oak, keeping it looking fresh and bright but still warm

  • added a peninsula to create more counter space, additional storage (on both sides – cleverly concealed with touch latches on the living room side) as well as a casual seating area for that all important morning coffee

  • to expand on the existing storage we included drawers in the pantry, took the wall cabinets to the ceiling, installed pull outs in the blind corner cabinets, added plenty of drawers and a garbage/recycling pull out

  • installed a beautiful quartz counter with a honed finish providing a textural contrast to the glossy tiles

  • replaced the backsplash panelling with glossy tiles in a stunning sage green that have a handmade quality to them – for added impact (and because we all loved them so much) we ran them up to the ceiling on the window wall

  • installed a granite composite sink and chrome faucet

  • upgraded all the appliances

  • completed the look with a combination of chrome and matte black hardware

  • in addition we re-arranged the living room furniture for better flow, and planned built-in storage in the dining room for a later phase.


The difference in the space is frankly, jaw dropping! We are thrilled with how removing one wall has opened up the entire main floor to feel bright, spacious and connected and at the same time created a functional, sociable kitchen.

Scenic Acres Kitchen Plan After.png



Scenic Acres Modern Airy Kitchen Tile Sink.jpg

Scenic Acres Modern Airy Kitchen Pantry.jpg

Scenic Acres Modern Airy Kitchen Stool.jpg


What do you think to this transformation? Are you as in love with these sage tiles as we are? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!


After photos by Photo4Design

See more images in our Portfolio


Caireen Kennedy Designer - Shift Modern Home.jpg

Hi, I’m Caireen, a down-to-earth, approachable designer ready to help you shift your home from blah to ooh-la-la.

Most days you can find me at my desk with a pile of samples, a cup of tea and a tape measure close at hand. I have a thing for modern, comfortable spaces inspired by the mid-century aesthetic.

To follow along with my various projects sign up below for my monthly-ish articles, and like, comment and join in on the fun over on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.

I can’t wait to meet you!


+ Show / Hide Comments

Share to:

  1. Sarah says:

    Whoa what an amazing transformation!! You really maximized their home space for a better layout!!

  2. Dixie Willard says:

    Prettier, airier, and a much better layout!

  3. This is such a pretty and fresh transformation! Small and mighty it is. Well done my friend.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

See what other readers are loving right now.

Our Most
Popular Posts

don't miss

Our most popular download for a reason.
We share 5 exterior paint combos to take your house from forgettable to the best on the block.

Five mid-century inspired exterior paint combos 


For more of our latest projects, tips, insights and behind the scenes action, follow along on instagram at @caireenkennedy. Be sure to DM and say hello!

The Blog

© shift modern home 2024
design by tonic
photos by lindsay nichols photography + photo 4 design


modern + fresh interior design for fun + stylish  people

Calgary, Alberta + BEYOND