The first floor of this house, built in 1885 and located in the McGill neighborhood of Montreal, was the perfect spot for a large kitchen and living area, which was missing from the old layout—a makeshift kitchen was previously located on the floor above. The clients, a web developer and jewelry designer with a son, wanted a centralized space for eating and entertaining. The kitchen island contains three cabinets from IKEA, retrofitted with custom doors, as well as a dishwasher.
IKEA cabinets create storage around a Frigidaire refrigerator. The ornate molding maintains the historic character of the house.
The pendant that covers the picnic-style dining table is an IKEA model, modified with a longer electrical cord.
"We tried to keep the integrity of the [original] interior," Havart says. "We placed some cabinets around the beautiful but nonfunctional chimney." The oven is by Frigidaire.
A custom glass-and-steel partition, made by Atelier Gris, separates the living room from the kitchen while maintaing visibility between the spaces.