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The winners of the 2014 Ciao! Kitchen Design Competition, presented by Assiniboine Credit Union, show off creative and functional designs perfect for hosting parties of all sorts.

By Joelle Kidd

Setting out to build their home on an infill site in Norwood flats, the owners of this styling kitchen found themselves challenged to create a space that fit into this older character neighbourhood while still conveying their modern sensibility. These ambitious DIY-ers worked with Harwood Design Builders to custom-build a space that blends the new with the old, tying in chic loft elements like exposed brick, stainless steel, and industrial-chic stools with a rustic farmhouse sink, wooden ceiling beams, and antique accents.

This open, spacious room is now the hub of the house. The dramatic central island is made from a reclaimed antique dresser fitted with cast-iron claw feet and a custom print Formica countertop created using a photo of petrified wood. Extra-deep drawers and plenty of cupboard space clear countertops of unwieldy appliances and help make family life more organized, while open shelving around the window shows off chic dinnerware. Reclaimed brick pulled from an old fireplace gives warehouse texture to the classic palette of white and dark woods.

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