The owner of this west-end home wanted a new kitchen with storage and for all the typical household items, while at the same time having a place to display her cherished Scandinavian glass collections. The project then had to find a way to integrate the rest of the ground floor fixed elements, which were not being demolished, such as the open riser stair, the stained glass transom, and the window openings. A simple guard was designed to organize the existing geometries of the stair, which the owner stained a lemon-yellow to pick up on the colours of the stained glass at the front of the house. Texture and a sense of history was then layered in by exposing the masonry party wall and painting it white like the rest of the walls. The furniture as well was edited down to a mix of old and new pieces. The overall effect is a very calming neutral setting for artwork, family gatherings, and playful jolts of colour.