A beautiful custom table was the centrepiece of Sappho Griffin’s kitchen space for Dine By Design East 2014. Built by Stephen Moser, the sawbuck table was solid birch with grey stain. “It’s a modern take of a picnic table,” says Griffin, owner of Henhouse. For seating, she sanded and painted stumps, complementing the rough-hewn timber that framed the space.
The painting of fishing buoys by Heather Sayeau was Griffin’s jumping off point for the room’s palette. “I love the teal blue of the ropes,” she says. “You see it everywhere in boats and fishing nets. It’s a real Maritime colour,” she says.
The buoy’s pinky-orange hue became the glazing at the back of the kitchen cabinetry, which was built by Joe Gallant. Rather than have a window or artwork over the sink, antique corbels and wide wood boards provided visual interest and structure. Fishshack chef match was Brad Wammes of Kitchen Door Catering.
Kitchen cabinetry: Henhouse
Dining table: Henhouse
Timber frame and beams: Gillis & Co.
Lighting tracks: Living Lighting
Pendant: Finer Things
Hand-glazed neriage pottery: Swoon
Large photo/painting: Heather Sayeau
Handcrafted broom: Granville Island Broom Company
Sink and faucet: Nova Tile and Marble
- Sappho Griffin aims to create a relaxed space with a Nova Scotia kitchen party vibe.
- Attica’s room for Dine By Design East brings a light-hearted approach to modern art.
- Ange Dean and Jamie Burnside bring the outdoors inside for Dine By Design East.
- Chef David Woodley and Jonathan Legate team up to support design education.
For chef Wammes’ recipe for Very Gingery Ginger Cake, click here.