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Tiffany Pratt’s small kitchen is pink, pretty and well-planned.With her signature tangerine tresses, wildly sparkling fingernails and flowing dresses in riotous florals, the designer and stylist is clearly not afraid of colour. So it’s not a...

Designer and stylist tickled pink with kitchen renovation | Toronto Star

Tiffany Pratt’s small kitchen is pink, pretty and well-planned.With her signature tangerine tresses, wildly sparkling fingernails and flowing dresses in riotous florals, the designer and stylist is clearly not afraid of colour. So it’s not a...

Designer and stylist tickled pink with kitchen renovation | Toronto Star

Tiffany Pratt’s small kitchen is pink, pretty and well-planned.

With her signature tangerine tresses, wildly sparkling fingernails and flowing dresses in riotous florals, the designer and stylist is clearly not afraid of colour.

So it’s not a surprise that pink is a major element in the kitchen makeover she undertook in her 1920s-style home in the Beaches. Interestingly though, the pale, pretty shade she picked (Behr Marquee’s Duchess Dawn) did not kickstart the design.

“It was the very last thing I chose,” says Pratt. “What we were going to do with the walls was up for grabs right until the last moment.”

The starting point for the reno, which was done in collaboration with Home Depot, began with considering how the space would be used, an especially important exercise in a small-footprint kitchen.

“Small kitchens need to function. So the dishwasher and the oven door have to be able to open without interfering with one another,” explains Pratt, who suggests starting any kitchen design with a thorough walkthrough of the room with those details in mind.

“I am a touch, taste, feel, type of designer. At the start of a project, I am in there pretending I am opening doors and seeing how it all works,” she says.

Pratt’s biggest complaints about her own kitchen (seven feet wide by 14 feet long) were a lack of storage and countertop space. To carve out extra inches, she decreased the size of the sink, and ran Shaker-style cabinets by Thomasville to the full height of the room.

To create a seamless look, she choose the marble-patterned Silestone (in Lusso) for both the countertop and backsplash.

Pratt settled on affordable all-white appliances by GE because the look is “very European, and I did not want a stainless-steel show.”

Finishing touches included a brushed gold faucet and crystal door hardware, which add a modern twist on old favourites, and the unexpected placement of a large piece of artwork and a black table lamp on a countertop beside the stove.

Culling kitchen paraphernalia, says Pratt, was an essential part of the redo.

“I went through all the small things piece by piece and asked myself if I really need three colanders and 5,000 spatulas.”

The finished space, says Pratt, is a true reflection of her brand, which she describes as “high style on a budget.”

“I think people can have beauty in their lives without having to pay too much, and I don’t believe that the most expensive is always the best,” she adds.

Her other design advice? “Home decorating is not a race. Maybe you do the backsplash and then wait awhile for the next step. It should be a journey. It’s less about trends than it is about following the things that make you happy and bring you joy.”

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