One of our greatest pleasures is working with passionate designers who have the same love and vision for the kitchen space as we do. Frankie Castro, Creative Director + Co-Founder of Square Footage Inc., showcased this sentiment perfectly with this thoughtful & relaxing kitchen design, incorporating Zomodo’s Panama Prep Station.
FRANKIE CASTRO – Creative Director + Co-Founder, Square Footage Inc.
Frankie Castro is an interior designer who loves creating contemporary kitchens that use every inch of space. Born in Hong Kong and fluent in Cantonese, she credits her design sensibilities to a Eurasian upbringing. Her family’s blend of cultures contributed to her love of organization, clean lines and eclectic touches.
After moving to Canada at age 12 and later graduating with a diploma in fashion merchandising, Frankie worked as a window dresser for Holt Renfrew. Her early career taught her how to make a significant impact in a small space, and she went on to design retail stores before starting Square Footage in 2012 with her husband John, a contractor. The couple’s award-winning firm specializes in custom kitchen and bath renovations focusing on clever storage systems and unique style elements. As a mother of two, Frankie understands kitchens are the central location of family life – not just places for cooking and eating, but also socializing, homework and hobbies.
Frankie and John work out of a 120-year-old barn which they converted to their studio.
Given the current global health crisis, it is perhaps not surprising that peace and mindfulness was the overarching theme for this new build. The cottage is meant to be a place for the occupants to enjoy the calm and beauty of nature and provide relief from city living. This cottage offers a modern approach with sensitive roots.
Relying on the beauty of the materials, the palette is clean and straightforward; stone, metal, sleek hardware, wood ceilings and flooring all married to deep green millwork, while the island makes a striking impact in black. It’s a host’s dream come true. The built-in prep and bar station can transition to party central in no time.
For the client, time spent at the cottage is about guests feeling welcome and comfortable. Making things easier was perfectly aligned with the client’s philosophy, “But First Coffee”! Open the coffee station pocket doors and select from the daily offerings with all the essentials. Then, close the doors and keep everything out of sight.
The bright and airy cottage breathes oxygen, and so will its occupants. You’ll want to kick back, relax and breeze through a summer day surrounded by nature’s beauty.