Photographer's Paradise

Design Service
Collab Process
Door Style
Coastal Cove, Painted Slab
Millwork Budget
16K - 19K CAD
Vancouver, BC

Sometimes even new builds miss the mark when it comes to style. These homeowners found the perfect place to call home but it felt a little "meh" and called on design partner Studio Hemma to help.

Known for their bold and deeply intimate photography, homeowners Jeff and Cat Chang of The Apartment Photo now have a sanctuary in which to create, evolve, and perfect their craft.

"When you work from home, you need inspiration at your fingertips, and when you bring so much joy to others with your work, it's nice to look up and get to experience it in your own home as well.” - Meaghan, Studio Hemma

While the palette is still light and bright, the new materials were curated with a tranquil layered goal in mind. The softness from the custom off-white (Benjamin Moore's Halo) millwork married with the natural texture from the Coastal collection in Cove keeps everything fresh without being boisterous. To keep the space from being too sleepy, deep contrast through matte finishes in all the fixtures and finishes gives just enough edge to keep up with the artistic homeowners.

Integrated appliances lift a lot of weight in this space when it comes to creating a harmonious experience. In such a small and streamlined footprint, it can easily feel choppy or busy when your eyes bounce between many finishes. With integrated appliances, the fridge and dishwasher literally disappear allowing your eyes to experience the space without interruption. Going with a minimal cooktop pair with a wall oven below enhances that streamlined experience even more with their subtle profiles.

Finally, creating balance between open and closed spaces can be a challenge in a linear or galley-style kitchen but by both raising the upper cabinets above the range countertop to align with the hood fan and creating space for both counter seating and open storage along the backside of the peninsula, Studio Hemma physically created lightness in what could have felt like two long blocks of millwork otherwise.

Now all that's left for the homeowners to do is enjoy dinners, parties and quiet mornings in their new retreat.

The Team

Studio Hemma | Swede Design Partner

Meaghan Jones

Swede Verified Contractor

Brandon | The West Coast Home

Swede Millwork Specialist

Kim Dankin

The Process

Having a team of specialists using our proven process ensures a streamlined experience and successful outcome.


Connect with a Swede Advisor to discuss scope, timeline, and high level goals for your project.

Consult + Design

Collaborate 1-on-1 with your designer to create the design concept for your kitchen. Swede’s immersive design experience allows you to visualize your space before it's built.

Investment Review

Custom design in hand, your designer will walk you through an itemized budget estimate. Swede’s a la carte style budgeting ensures your estimate is clear and organized.

Check Measure

Once you approve your estimate, your Swede Millwork Specialist will coordinate an in-person site check to gather existing measurements and details necessary for an accurate millwork plan.

Design Refinement

In the final pre-build stage, your Swede Millwork Specialist will use all collected information to refine your millwork package and ensure each detail is reviewed by respective parties before final sign off.

Order Submission + Delivery

Congratulations - your design is now confirmed and your comprehensive materials package will be ordered and delivered to your project? Need build support? We do that too!

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