FEATURED COLLECTION: EMMELINE™ KITCHEN
INTERIOR DESIGNER: AVISSA MOJTAHEDI

Witness an eclectic arrangement with elevated style.

“You have to be confident.” That’s Avissa’s answer to exactly how she so masterfully approaches the bringing together of diverse elements. This signature style is on striking display in a space designed around the Emmeline™ Kitchen Collection. The faucet itself is a captivating fusion of shapes and influences, with no shortage of flair.

Learn more about the room, our collection and Avissa’s perspectives below.

“Don’t be scared of incorporating bold elements. Go big. Go bold. Or go home.”

What were you going for in creating this kitchen design?

When I first started designing the kitchen, I was really inspired by the Emmeline faucet. I love the rounded diamond shape of the base of the faucet and the spout. That triggered creating a rounded island and incorporating a lot of curves into the design. I also really wanted to make sure that it was a very warm, inviting space, but also with a huge wow factor.

Can you walk us through the space?

As you enter, I have a lovely basket weave floor, which is very old, Parisian-inspired. I have a lovely curved island. The main kitchen wall has a central hood, which becomes a feature piece, and there’s marble stone running off of our countertop onto the backsplash. It really draws your eyes up.

I also have a green wall with lemons, which is perhaps very unexpected in a kitchen. I have two display cabinets on either side, with painted backs to add depth as well. It’s a big mix of different elements. But to pull it all together, it looks like art at the end.

Can you describe it in one sentence?

I would describe it as a fusion of elegance, historic references, and diamond shapes—just glamorous.

I would describe it as a fusion of elegance, historic references, and diamond shapes—just glamorous.

It sounds like your influences come from a lot of different places?

I have always been inspired by European design. My favorite city in the world is Paris. I always try to incorporate a little Parisian. I come from a Middle Eastern background as well, which influences my designs far more. And fashion is definitely an inspiration, especially jewelry. The mix of finishes and textures is really important to me.

How do you apply your style to what your clients are seeking?

I try and tailor my design to the client’s actual needs. When I’m working on a project, I’m really passionate about it, and I really love the client’s involvement.

Right now, I have a lot of clients who are asking me to help them design spaces to accommodate their families. I have a lot of repeat clients who are adding to their home. So it’s really a matter of catering to their growing home and the extra people in it.

Your kitchen makes a statement. But what about functionality?

The beautiful stone on the island and on our perimeter countertop runs up the wall as well. It acts as art and as a backsplash. It’s one clean surface with no tiles or grout lines. It’s not a natural stone, so not as porous, and it’s easier maintenance. It’s affordable glam.

Also, in dealing with a tighter space, you want to enhance the flow. The curved island makes it a lot easier to get around. You’re not hitting sharp edges. The mix of curves and linear shapes is just a bit more welcoming and dynamic.

“I have always been inspired by European design. My favorite city in the world is Paris. I always try to incorporate a little Parisian.”

Your green wall is quite a feature. Is that organic element important to you?

In a kitchen, you’re cooking with natural foods and more organic products. Having that green element just kind of pulls it all together. It’s softer and a bit more natural.

But I also wanted to do something that had huge impact. The idea of having a green wall with lemons may not be suitable for every home. But I really wanted it to be more of a showstopper. It shows you can incorporate greenery in your kitchen in unexpected ways and really enhance your lifestyle.

How do you mix it all together and make it work?

Pick one or two elements you’re absolutely in love with, a color or a texture, and run with it. Then find things in that spectrum that somehow work together.

Don’t be scared of incorporating bold elements. Go big. Go bold. Or go home.

About Avissa

Whether working from her Toronto firm, Avissa Design, or lending her talent as Art Director with HGTV®’s The Property Brothers, she’s looking to capture personal style in ways that are unique and practical.

Find her here:
@avissadesign   |   avissadesign.com

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