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Home chef Hannah Sunderani is transforming her kitchen

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The arduous task of purchasing appliances while renovating her home had its moments for Hannah Sunderani.

Vendors showing off their wall ovens said things like, “Oh, it’s big enough to put your turkey in,” she laughs. “So funny because I’ll never cook a turkey in it.”

In the end, the passionate vegan decided that her Bosch built-in actually best suited her plant-based lifestyle and love of cooking.

As a recipe developer, food blogger and cookbook author, Sunderani sets high standards for her kitchen. So she’s thrilled that the redesign and update two summers ago turned a “clumsy,” inefficient space into a dream kitchen that feels like the heart of her Stouffville home.https://www.twospoons.ca/

“It’s just beautiful,” she says of the $70,000 makeover, the largest project in the home’s nine-week renovation, which included two bathrooms, the laundry room, and the baby’s room.

The old pantry wall at one end of the kitchen didn't do well as a backdrop for Sunderani's videos and photos, and didn't make the most of the space.

Sunderani and her husband Mitchell Pittaway bought the three-bedroom 1960s home from a distance when they lived in France in early 2020. After four years there, they planned to return home to start a family and fell in love with the 2,200-square-foot stone house online.

“I’m pretty sure I cried when we walked in,” the Toronto-born homeowner recalls, citing the charm, character, and warmth of wood floors, interior masonry, and fireplace.

“There was so much love in all the rooms.”

Interior designer Tiffany Leigh assisted them in the summer 2021 redesign and refurbishment, aiming to make the interior “lighter, brighter” and more modern to suit their tastes and needs. https://www.tiffanyleighdesign.com/

At the time, Sunderani, a self-taught chef and food photographer, was busy developing recipes for her “Two Spoons” blog, launching an app and putting the finishing touches on “The Two Spoons Cookbook” with French-inspired recipes. vegan recipes. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/670167/the-two-spoons-cookbook-by-hannah-sunderani/9780735241282

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The old kitchen was clumsy and poorly laid out with loose spaces.
Oliver's gender-neutral nursery features muted earth tones, natural wood and a comfortable glider chair, which combine to create a sense of calm.

Luckily, her parents lived 10 minutes away, so they dragged her pots and pans, gadgets, and styling gear there to set up a kitchen setup.

“It was very messy, but we got it done,” says Sunderani, who added that Pittaway stayed with her parents during the renovation, which cost about $125,000 in total. It was ready ‘just in time’, three weeks before their son Oliver was born.

His gender-neutral nursery, done in muted earth tones and natural wood to create a sense of calm, instantly became a favorite space, the comfy glider chair a restful place.

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As a professional home cook Sunderani focused most of her attention and remodeling dollars on the kitchen.

“It didn’t function the way we wanted it to,” she explains. “We were always on top of each other (and) every space felt disconnected.”

They kept the size the same, but reconfigured the layout to suit different purposes.

The laundry room has white tiles and appliances and a marble countertop, made from a slab left over from the kitchen island.

Sunderani now describes it as “one big cohesive space” with a galley, a “beautifully framed” cooktop station, a pantry wall for props, decor, and coffee and tea station, and a sage green island that is a daily center of activity. The countless gadgets and small devices she uses every day are tucked away, but within reach.

Floor to ceiling white cabinets and backsplash tiles are punctuated by the warm tones of natural oak open shelving and gold accents of knobs and pulls. The deep farmhouse sink and unlacquered brass faucets add an “old-fashioned feel” typical of French interiors, notes Sunderani. They managed to save $3,000 on costs by using a knockoff brand quartz countertop.

With the kitchen’s transformation into a fully functional place that’s elegant, minimalist, and zen-like, it’s become “my favorite room in the house.”

It’s also a silent star in the background of her cooking videos.

In a demonstration on her YouTube channel, she trades meat for vegetables. Viewers can see her “wow” kitchen in action as they feast their eyes on a steaming plate of mushroom bourguignon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b93jC05vyjU

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